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Farmer's Weekly 21-Aug 2015

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.
reinstating trust in negotiations

Over the past few weeks, Agri SA members across the country gathered at the organisation’s provincial conferences to discuss those issues most pressing to farmers. As has been the case for the past few years, government policy, especially that connected to land reform and transformation, was top of the agenda. Although commercial farmers and government have negotiated these issues for the past 20 years, a solution is no closer. But, as Dan Kriek, president of Free State Agri, said in his address, the talks must continue and organised agriculture must continue doing what it says it is doing. This echoes the sentiment of Minister Senzeni Zokwana who, with years of experience negotiating on behalf of Cosatu, understands the importance of keeping communication channels open. But I am concerned that the lack of trust…

5 min.
enough is enough!

“ It was indeed heartening to receive such a level of support after our recent open letter to ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. The purpose of the letter was to confront Mr Mantashe with a set of facts and points of view. We made it quite clear that we farmers are here to stay and are drawing a line in the sand making it quite clear that we will not be bullied into submission. It is therefore heartening that our views were considered to be fair and that other farmers were more than willing to draw that line in the sand – should it be necessary. As farmers, we will have to make specific decisions. It is against this backdrop that I now address this open letter to all commercial farmers in…

2 min.
hunting’s role in conservation

For hunting to have a future in this world, it is imperative that it is supported by a sound conservation ethic. If it does not contribute to conservation, all hunting will eventually be ‘closed down’ by the public. Animal rights’ groups are attempting this with growing success. They have succeeded in persuading Australia to ban the importation of any lion trophies and products from South Africa as the public wants canned lion hunting shut down. They have also moved their campaign to Europe and the US and we hear of airlines and shipping companies imposing embargoes on and boycotts of hunting trophies. Sadly, this has been fuelled by the lion hunting industry. If we can demonstrate publicly that hunting contributes to conservation it will be unlikely that these animal rights’ groups will…

1 min.
ask your questions answered

Farmer’s Weekly’s regular columnists often receive questions from our readers. In this column we attempt to answer as many of these as possible. Tax Advice Q Dear Peter Our son has returned to the farm and will be joining us in the business, and we are considering establishing a family trust. Having read your recent article about trusts still being a good idea, we started the ball rolling. However, our accountant says the government will be targeting trusts for tax revenue and we should wait six months to see what develops. In the meantime, our lawyer says he is very sure that trusts are the way to go. So we are therefore wondering what your opinion is on these matters – would it still be a good idea or not? Peter and Ali…

1 min.
kidding around in qwaqwa

Fani Tshabalala and his friends, Thabo and Thabiso Moloi, farm part-time on communal land in the former QwaQwa, now part of the Free State. They have been farming since 2011 and have a mixed goat and sheep operation. These kids were born on 9 August. Matter of fact In the ‘Managing soil mineral ratios’ article of 31 July, the word anion was inadvertently repeated in the ‘Tricky Terms Explained’ box. The copy should have read: ‘a particle with a positive charge is called a cation and a particle with a negative charge is called an anion’. •Farmer’s Weekly has a high regard for factual accuracy and welcomes reader input. GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? Send your letters and photos to: Farmer’s Weekly, PO Box 1797, Pinegowrie, 2123, SA, fax 011 889 0862, or email farmersweekly@caxton.co.za. The views…

3 min.

16 JUNE 1954 The guava captured imaginations 61 YEARS AGO Few fruit varieties have captured the South Africa public’s imagination to the same extent as the humble guava. In the mid-1950s it featured prominently in the print media, on the radio and on cinema screens. This intense publicity campaign was the first of its kind for a perishable product and was initiated by a group of local farmers to stimulate consumer interest in the fruit. Here are a few excerpts from an article about the campaign which appeared in our issue of the above date. “The farmers associated with the campaign are the growers who have their headquarters near Paarl where the biggest portion of the country’s guava crop is produced. No-one will deny that their publicity experiment has been an amazing success. Nowadays everybody…