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Farmer's Weekly 23 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
R 21,50
R 698,75
50 Issues

in this issue

2 min
drivers of changes in beef consumption

In the main feature in this week’s magazine, Sara Place, chief sustainability officer at Elanco Animal Health, explains how the livestock production sector can form part of a sustainable future, contrary to the view often expressed by some climate activists who argue that plant-based diets are essential to saving the planet from the worst effects of global warming (see article from page 30). Livestock farmers have been hard- pressed to provide counter-arguments and produce research findings to challenge the well-publicised opinions of those who seek to vilify cattle farming as a main culprit amongst the emitters of greenhouse gases and drivers of climate change. And while the argument put forth by Place, as supported by research, does indicate there is room for improvement, the benefits to people and the planet of…

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6 min
how covid-19 changed agricultural policy

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. “Most government responses to the pandemic in their agriculture sectors were introduced in the first few months of 2020. As the year went by and new waves of the virus spread, governments in many countries shifted their attention to medium-term issues by bolstering early relief measures and introducing economic recovery packages. Their actions differed in timing and scope, from the initial imposition of lockdown measures to policies aimed at tempering the effects of the crisis on specific supply chains…

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2 min
tomato production

20 and 21 July, online The Tomato Production Course focuses on the cultivation of tomatoes. It includes an overview of the history of the crop, as well as an explanation of its physical attributes. In addition, it investigates the physiological basis of a crop yield, and examines field versus indoor cultivation, amongst many other topics. Email Anne Allesandri at anneb@sun.ac.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 20 JULY Basic Olive Oil Tasting Course, Klein Joostenberg Farm, Muldersvlei. Email Tammy Tinline…

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4 min
veld management in the seventies

In this article from late 1970, predictions on what the decade ahead would bring in terms of veld management were detailed. The problems of veld management did not crop up overnight; the basic problems as we know them today were identified a long time ago. In the first Agricultural Journal, published in 1887, the botanist McOwen, speaking of Somerset East, said: “The deterioration of our pastures arises mainly out of overstocking, causing the destruction of good plants, the formation of torrential waterways and the great increase in useless, noxious weeds. The neglect of precautions is shown in the rarity of any systematic closed reserve of land to enable it to recover.” What he meant was that the veld was not getting enough rest, which is, today, still our biggest problem in the…

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3 min
letters

While the rooibos industry has always held environmental preservation in high regard, increased demand for the tea has compelled the sector to more proactively review its impact across its value chain. Nicie Vorster, who sits on the board of directors at the South African Rooibos Council (SARC), says the industry is renewing its focus on sustainability. “Ecosystems all over the world are being destabilised; our warming climate, water scarcity, extreme weather, the increase in infectious diseases, and the loss of biodiversity are all effects of human intervention. “It is important to realise that all of our actions play a part. Addressing and mitigating the effects of climate change require the collective efforts of businesses, NGOs, development organisations and policymakers. “The rooibos industry, too, has a role to play. The changes that have, over time,…

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2 min
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA POTATO PRICES JUMPED BY 70% IN JUNE The strong year-on-year price increase of potatoes during June was driven, in part, by the decrease in stock levels due to excessive rain and low summer temperatures in some of the planting regions earlier this year. Read the full article at bit.ly/3hLh8Yd, or scan here: Posted: 5 July 2021. Follow us at @FarmersWeeklySA FROM FACEBOOK @FarmersWeeklySA A Facebook post titled ‘Don’t complain about stock theft cases online’ left some of our followers upset over the statement, and they had the following to say: Posted: 6 July 2021. READERS’ COMMENTS Balanganani Wade Mukulumedzi: “Stock theft is a major crime in the Eastern Cape, so as I’m more concerned with technology, can’t we have animal trackers that are hidden on animals and not on their ears? It could be hidden on the…

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