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Farmer's Weekly 14 February 2020

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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.
people are losing hope for the future

Globally, there is a growing sense of dread and hopelessness about what the future might hold as people become more fearful of the impact that technology will have on their lives, as they lose trust in the truth of what they see and hear in the media, and as they feel increasingly abandoned by their governments and an elite who care only about further enriching themselves. This was according to the most recent edition of the Edelman Trust Barometer, an indicator of how much trust (or distrust) citizens in several developed and developing countries have in government, business, the media and NGOs. The report, which is usually released during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is now in its 20th year. The 2020 barometer surveyed over 34 000 people in…

7 min.
co-op or corporate? choose between these agri models

“Originally, most agricultural businesses were primary agricultural co-operatives. They, in turn, established secondary co-operatives to engage in food processing and/or obtain cheaper inputs. With many of these businesses being more than 100 years old, much consolidation took place over the generations. Some co-ops have grown into strong capital enterprises. Since 1994, many co-ops have converted into companies. The reasons for this are diverse. Government hastened the process with amendments to the Co-operatives Act, which made it almost impossible for co-ops with many members to utilise this form of enterprise. Some converted because of political fears and sought protection amongst other major companies. Some looked to attract capital for their enterprises, while others wanted to unlock the accumulated value in the businesses. HOW A CO-OP WORKS A co-op shares its benefits with its members…

3 min.
aquaponics and greenhouse technology

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 18 TO 20 FEBRUARY Africa Agri Tech, The Maslow and Sun Arena, Pretoria. Email Willem Reyneke at willem@africa-agri.co.za. 19 T0 21 FEBRUARY Argus Africa Fertiliser Conference, Cape Town. Email Andrea Ribeiro›at fertsconferences@argusmedia.com. 24 TO 25 FEBRUARY Undercover Farming Expo, CSIR International Conference Centre, Pretoria. Visit undercoverfarmingexpo.co.za. 27 TO 28 FEBRUARY Cannabis Conference, Garden Court Hotel, East London.Email moddie@vukanicomms.co.za. 3 TO 5 MARCH Animal Feed Manufacturers’ Association Forum, Sun City.Visit afmaforum.co.za. 3 TO 5 MARCH IPPS Annual Conference, Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge, Muldersdrift. Visit sa.ipps.org. 26 TO 27 MARCH Environmental Waste and Landfills Management, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg.Email admin@maphosam.co.za. 31 MARCH TO 1 APRIL Power Africa, Sandton Convention Centre. Email Precious Jiyana at precious.jiyana@terrapinn.com. 31 MARCH TO 1 APRIL The Water Show Africa, Sandton Convention Centre. Email Brian Shabangu at brian.shabangu@terrapinn.com. COURSES & TRAINING 15 TO 16 FEBRUARY The Building Blocks to Beekeeping, Johannesburg. Email David Fraser at…

3 min.

Feeding ruminants chicken litter Dear Shane, I came across one of your articles about the maintenance diet of sheep and cattle in Farmer’s Weekly. I currently feed my ruminants a ration of 5kg crushed maize and 25kg milled lucerne. If I have good chicken litter available, how many kilograms should I add to my feed? Kind regards, Thabo Dear Thabo, There are numerous scientific papers written about the possibilities and value of feeding poultry litter to ruminants; these offer different advice in respect of what percentage of an overall ration can be constituted by chicken litter. However, while litter is indeed widely used in feeding livestock, I can’t guarantee the safety of using it as some litters contain more pathogens (toxins) than others. Pathogens such as salmonella and botulism can be found in…

3 min.
from our archives

16 AUGUST 1991 Franchising a unique papaw 29 YEARS AGO Len Hobson, the creator of the famous Papino brand, launched the innovative concept of franchising a variety of fruit or vegetable. A new concept in agriculture, the franchising of crops, has been introduced by a Lowveld farmer who is making available under franchise his well-known Papino, an attractively flavoured papaw. A leading grower of subtropical fruits in the Letsitele Valley near Tzaneen in the North-eastern Transvaal for many years, Len Hobson successfully developed the Papino, said to be a greatly improved version of the papaw. The Papino has enjoyed considerable commercial success, but it is an eccentric fruit requiring special knowledge of its requirements, says Hobson. According to him, papaws have long been the neglected poor relations of subtropical fruit. Their many and varied qualities…

3 min.
a national livestock traceability system would benefit exports

In the last week of January, I delivered a brief address on the value of traceability in monitoring livestock and fostering a viable livestock products trade in South Africa at the Livestock Identification and Traceability System conference, held in Pretoria. Traceability is important because the growth in South Africa’s agriculture sector will be export-led. As agriculture becomes central to job creation and rural economic development, export expansion becomes ever more important. However, in the case of livestock, the lack of a coordinated and nationally approved identification and tracking system that can be approved by South Africa’s international trading partners could be a hindrance. TO GAIN ACCESS TO NEW MARKETS, SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS SYSTEMS TO CONTROL ANIMAL DISEASES Livestock is a core subsector of South Africa’s agriculture sector, accounting for 51% of the value…