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Farmer's Weekly 16 July 2021

Farmer’s Weekly is an agricultural magazine based in South Africa, targeting the whole of Southern Africa. The magazine is committed to advancing the interests of the region’s farmers and its agricultural industry by serving as a mouthpiece for the industry and by keeping its readers informed of the latest developments in the agricultural sector.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
CTP Limited
Frequency:
Weekly
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in this issue

3 min
support for sa farming is far below average

I suppose it should come as no surprise to learn that South African farmers are amongst the worst off around the world when it comes to the amount of support the sector receives from government. According to the Estimates of National Expenditure published by National Treasury, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department) will receive an allocation of R16,9 billion for the 2021/22 fiscal year. Over the next two years, this allocation will increase marginally by about 2,8% to R17,4 billion in 2023/24. With total government expenditure set to amount to R2,02 trillion in the next year, the direct allocation to the agriculture department from the fiscus represents less than 1% of government spending. However, a new report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and…

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7 min
a misguided approach to agricultural support

The views expressed in our weekly opinion piece do not necessarily reflect those of Farmer’s Weekly. This article is an edited excerpt from a report titled ‘Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2021: Addressing the Challenges Facing Food Systems’, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. To read the full report, visit bit.ly/2SAKIqL. “The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been monitoring developments in agricultural support in OECD countries annually since 1988, with an increasing number of economies outside the OECD area included over this period. The current assessment covers 54 countries across six continents, and includes all OECD member countries, five non-OECD EU member states, and 12 emerging and developing economies, including South Africa. Together, these countries represent three-quarters of global value-added agriculture. A new report by the OECD, ‘Agricultural…

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2 min
olive oil tasting course

20 July, Klein Joostenberg Farm, Muldersvlei The Basic Olive Oil Tasting Course will take participants through the steps of smelling, tasting, and attributing various flavour profiles to olive oil. Email Tammy Tinline at Tammy@wiredcommunications.co.za CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND EXPOS 19 TO 21 JULY UN Food Systems Pre-Summit (online). Visit un.org/en/food-systems-summit/pre-summit. 28 TO 29 JULY Aquaponics and Smart Greenhouse Technology Conference, Radisson Blu Hotel, Sandton. (Delegates may also attend online.) Email Connie Mamabolo at connie@mathematraining.co.za, or phone her on 011 862 4001. 11 TO 12 AUGUST Bushveld Dorper Club Warmbad Livestock Show, Bela-Bela. Phone Annetjie van Wyk on 063 546 2005. COURSES AND TRAINING 12 TO 16 JULY Seedling Production, Delmas. Email Buhle Farmers’ Academy at applications@buhle.org.za, or visit buhle.org.za. 14 TO 15 JULY Sheep Ultrasound Pregnancy Scanning, Molteno. Phone Gustav van Zyl on 060 947 1077, or email him at gustavabs@gmail.com. 21 JULY Profitable Boer Goat Farming,…

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3 min
swartland wheat farm switches to livestock

Productivity greatly improved on a Swartland farm after it moved from wheat to livestock production. A few kilometres east of Malmesbury is the farm Doornfontein, owned by SG Basson, on which wheat cultivation has been the traditional farming practice since the days of the first settlers. Five years ago, a decision was taken to change over to livestock farming and, as a result, the gross income of the farm has been gradually stepped up. A large gathering of farmers from most parts of the Swartland, all of them members of their local soil conservation committees, this month visited Doornfontein in the company of GJ van Dyk, the extension officer at Malmesbury, to make firsthand observations on the operation of the new farming system and the remarkable results obtained since its introduction. Historically, the…

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2 min
‘conservation bodies have failed vultures’

In the recent article ‘New shutdown system for wind farm protects birds’ (FW, 23 April 2021), the shutdown system intended to prevent the killing of birds by the wind turbines of the BioTherm Energy (BTE Renewables) Excelsior Wind Energy Facility in the Western Cape is lauded. This shutdown system is, undoubtedly, a response to the unacceptable level of bird deaths caused by the BTE Renewables wind farm, since it is located within a well-known vulture (and black harrier) habitat, and within the Potberg Cape vulture colony buffer zone. The endangered Cape vulture occupies the top position on BirdLife South Africa’s list of birds deemed most vulnerable to wind turbine strikes. Years before the first wind farm was established in South Africa, international wind farm data revealed the danger posed to vultures, with…

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2 min
‘the ewt is not covering up the damage’

In response to André van der Spuy’s letter, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) acknowledges the urgency to address the cumulative impact of high-risk wind farms on collision-prone raptors, such as the Cape vulture. With escalating energy demands in South Africa, and global trends towards cleaner energy, we recognise the need to work with renewable energy developers to enhance conservation in and around wind farms, and to develop effective measures to avoid and reduce [bird] fatalities on both operational and planned wind farms. Since 2017, the EWT has been actively involved in various engagement processes both before and after wind farm construction to help guide raptorfriendly wind[-power] development, and openly opposes facilities that present a high risk to raptors and other large birds. Furthermore, the EWT is an active member of the Birds and…

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