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Farmer's Weekly 2 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.

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in this issue

2 min
sa’s soya bean success story

Many agricultural industries in South Africa have shown impressive growth over the past five to 10 years, among them the citrus, avocado and macadamia industries. But one that we have written less about by comparison is the soya bean industry (see story on page 24). While the growth in high-value horticulture crops such as those I’ve mentioned above is largely supported by the simultaneous growth in exports of these crops, increasing soya bean production will have more direct impacts for the local farming sector. The expansion of citrus, macadamia and avocado orchards makes a positive contribution to South Africa’s current account, or its trade balance. South Africa has long held a positive agricultural trade balance for primary produce. However, when it comes to value added, the country has long been…

5 min
the possible dangers of eating insects

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 ‘Looking at edible insects from a food safety perspective: Challenges and opportunities for the sector’, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2021. To read the full report, visit fao.org/3/cb4094en/cb4094en.pdf. "Historically, many cultures in different parts of the world have made insects a part of their diets. According to recent estimates, approximately 2 111 species of insects are consumed in about 140 countries, with entomophagy [the practice of eating insects] documented around the world. Research shows that 92% of known edible insect species are wild-harvested, 6% are semi-domesticated, and 2% are farmed. Among the known wild-harvested edible insect species, 88% are…

2 min

30 June to 3 July, Groenkloof, Pretoria This introductory Piggery Course teaches delegates practical skills in raising pigs. Some of the topics covered include the care and feeding of gestating sows, lactating sows, feeder pigs and finishing pigs; herd health management; transportation; marketing of pigs; and ration balancing. Phone AgriSkills Transfer on 012 460 9585, or email admin@agriskills.net. 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 28 JUNE TO 2 JULY Through the Bushveld, Makuleke Concession, Limpopo. Email Terry Gouws at enquiries@ecotraining.co.za. 12…

3 min
the hadeda and other members of the ibis family

Most South Africans would consider the hadeda ibis to be an annoyance, given its penchant for early-morning shouting. However, as this article revealed, this bird is actually of great economic importance to farmers. The ibises, a family of fairly large, long-legged wading birds, are most readily recognised by their unusual beaks, which are long and curved like the blade of a scythe. REMARKABLE BIRDS The family has some remarkable members. There is, for instance, the scarlet ibis [Eudocimus ruber] of South America, whose entire plumage is a brilliant sunset red. Then there is the Australian straw-necked ibis [Threskiornis spinicollis], which nests in enormous numbers in some parts of that country. It is so useful that is has been said that without this bird, successful agriculture would be impossible in Australia. A count of the…

3 min
eroded watercourses on vergelegen wine estate rehabilitated in r12m project

Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West recently completed an extensive programme to rehabilitate eroded watercourses at five sites on the estate. The undertaking saw the removal, temporary storage, and replanting of some 15 000 indigenous plants. The R12 million project has saved rehabilitated wetlands and critically endangered Lourensford alluvium fynbos vegetation, which might otherwise have been badly affected by sediment washing onto the area. In addition, the venture has halted sediment contamination of the Lourens River, part of which runs through the estate. This is the only river in South Africa where a section of adjoining land is considered a formal protected area. CAUSES OF EROSION By 2019, Vergelegen had completed the largest privately funded alien vegetation clearing project in South Africa. Around 2 200ha of the 3 000ha estate were cleared of alien…

2 min
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA SA AGRIBUSINESS CONFIDENCE AT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL ON RECORD The recently released record-high Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index figures provide agricultural producers with the opportunity to reinvest in their farming concerns and address their debt structures. Read the full article at bit.ly/3gz6R28, or scan here: Posted: 15 June 2021. Follow us at @FarmersWeeklySA FROM FACEBOOK @FarmersWeeklySA When we asked our Facebook followers what advice they would give the youth of today to encourage them to consider agriculture as a career, some had interesting things to say. Posted: 16 June 2021. READERS’ COMMENTS Amos Choma: “You don’t have to start big, but you can grow. Access information from successful farmers. Farming is life; you have to love this business.” Khanyile Langa George: “Don’t believe anyone who says farming is easy. Innovate and learn every day. There are tons…