Farmer's Weekly 20 August 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
school feeding an easy win for south africa

Globally, school feeding schemes have become one of the most extensive social safety nets, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) report titled ‘State of School Feeding Worldwide 2020’. One in every two schoolchildren, or 388 million children, receive school meals every day in at least 161 countries. Between 2013 and 2020, the number of children receiving school meals grew 9% worldwide and, more importantly, by 36% in low-income countries. More and more, these programmes are being included as part of government policies for national development, instead of countries relying on relief efforts. According to the report, US$42 billion (about R605 billion) is spent annually on these programmes, and more than 90% of the cost of school feeding programmes now comes from domestic funds. However, as we saw in South Africa…

6 min
helping farmers in africa to mechanise

“Sustainable agricultural mechanisation plays several crucial roles in production. It enables the processing and transportation of inputs and goods, increases the efficiency of operations in the value chain, and helps overcome mobility restrictions and labour shortages in rural communities. It helps reduce poverty and contribute towards food security by increasing land productivity and income. If appropriately adapted, agricultural mechanisation has the potential to reduce post-harvest losses, leading to increased food availability and higher incomes. Finally, it reduces the drudgery of on-and off-farm operations, making young farmers more likely to engage in agriculture and its related businesses, such as the provision of mechanisation services. A DIFFERENT APPROACH NEEDED It is crucial, however, that agricultural mechanisation interventions, including projects, programmes and policies, do not repeat past mistakes, where the provision of equipment and mechanisation hire services…

2 min
dog training

From September (correspondence) Phone Celia Forsyth on 083 407 1316, or email her at CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND EXPOS 17 TO 19 AUGUST South African Sugar Technologists Association Congress (online). Email Leanne Armoogam at 18 TO 19 OCTOBER Animal Feed Manufacturers’ Association Symposium (online). Visit COURSES AND TRAINING 16 TO 20 AUGUST Pig Farming and Management, George. Phone Rothman Livestock Training Services on 078 546 7985, or email 21 TO 22 AUGUST The Building Blocks to Beekeeping, Johannesburg. Email David Fraser at, or phone him on 082 578 6038. 22 TO 28 AUGUST Poultry Academy Module, George. Phone Rothman Livestock Training Services on 078 546 7985, or email 27 SEPTEMBER TO 1 OCTOBER Veld Management Course, Modimolle. Email Frits van Oudtshoorn at, or phone him on 071 866 1331. 5 OCTOBER TO 11 NOVEMBER Trail Guide Course (online). Email Terry Gouws…

3 min
modern forestry as a career

51 YEARS AGO In this article from 1970, forestry was promoted as a fulfilling career for matriculants who showed interest in the field. Forestry has become an important part of the South African economy, and a recruitment campaign has been launched for professional and technical officers for the Department of Forestry [the department]. This sector now ranks as one of the country’s fast-developing industrial giants and offers a career that is interesting, satisfying and rewarding to matriculants who are prepared to further their studies. There is a tendency to identify forestry with the planting of trees and tending of plantations in picturesque mountain areas of South Africa, but a career in forestry means far more than that. It demands the intensive study of an applied science that dates back to the 16th century. Forestry…

4 min
are plant-based alternatives healthier than cows’ milk?

There are a growing number of choices available to consumers in terms of alternatives to dairy milk. However, with the exception of those who are lactose-intolerant, to what extent should we be embracing these substitutes, and just how healthy are they? “Non-milk alternatives, or plant-based beverages, are not better than cows’ milk from a health perspective,” says registered dietician Monique Piderit. “In fact, most come with nutritional shortfalls when compared with cows’ milk, particularly with regard to calcium and protein. They’re also very expensive, which reinforces the assumption that healthy eating is expensive.” NOT ALL MILK IS CREATED EQUAL It’s a common misconception that plant-based beverages such as soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk and almond milk are equal in nutritional value to cows’ milk. “While the assumption is that these alternatives are…

2 min
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA GOOD HARVESTS, LOW INTEREST SPUR 27% RISE IN TRACTOR SALES Following two exceptional seasons of good rainfall across South Africa, the current lower interest rates have now prompted the replacement and replenishment of agricultural machinery and equipment. Read the full article at, or scan here: Posted: 4 August 2021. Follow us at @FarmersWeeklySA FROM FACEBOOK @FarmersWeeklySA When Farmer’s Weekly posted an article on Facebook titled ‘Uncertified venison could hurt the industry’, some of our followers shared their views on the topic. Here’s what they had to say: Posted: 2 August 2021. READERS’ COMMENTS Pranil Moonia: “Yes … this is interesting … venison is a good way to create more jobs.” Piet Pompies: “Because wild meat shouldn’t be regulated.” Johan Bekker: “I only buy unregulated meat and venison direct from the farmer. It is much cheaper Nikolaas Pienaar: “Salvation by…