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Farmer's Weekly

Farmer's Weekly 13 March 2020

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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2 min.
farmers must act fast to retain trust

Isn’t it strange that we have grown so confused about something as fundamental as the food we eat? In the main feature this week, Dr Pieter Vervoort, managing director of the National Animal Health Forum, discusses some of the reasons behind the drive to implement a national livestock identification and traceability system across South Africa’s red meat value chain. As Vervoort explains, apart from improved market access, the need for such a system tells us a lot about the trust deficit that has developed between people and food, and by extension, between consumers and farmers. In the article, he says that over the decades, there has been a gradual erosion of citizens’ trust in the South African government and corporations, and even amongst citizens themselves. There has also been a breakdown…

6 min.
megatrends in the global nut industry

“Global demand for nut categories such as macadamia continues to grow faster than supply, while hazelnuts and peanut consumption might see another boost due to breakthroughs in allergy treatment. Worldwide, the macadamia industry is set to double its output within 10 years, a rare event in agriculture. The almond industry has registered frequent new production records, while hazelnut production is spreading to new production areas to meet growing demand. Oversupply will not be an issue for many years to come, as population growth and consumption trends in favour of plant-based protein are likely to boost demand for nuts. There are many reasons for optimism, but some concerns are also on the horizon. NEW PROTEIN Nuts should replace meat and dairy cheese at an even faster rate in the coming years. While meat from maggots…

3 min.

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 19 TO 22 MARCH Cannabis Expo, GrandWest, Cape Town. Visit thecannabisexpo.co.za. 23 TO 27 MARCH Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa Conference, Stellenbosch University.Email deidre@iafrica.com. 26 TO 27 MARCH Environmental Waste and Landfill Management, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg.Email admin@maphosam.co.za. 31 MARCH TO 1 APRIL The Water Show Africa, Sandton Convention Centre. Email Brian Shabangu at brian.shabangu@terrapinn.com. 13 TO 14 APRIL The Solar Power and Wind Renewable Energy Show, Cairo. Email Prima Castelino at prima.castelino@terrapinn.com. 23 APRIL Fertasa Annual Congress, Farm Inn Country Hotel, Silverlakes, Pretoria. Email Hermien Wouda at hermien@fertasa.co.za. 24 APRIL Agri NW Young Farmer Conference, Bona-Bona Game Lodge, Wolmaransstad. Email Marlize Frtiz at marlize@agrinw. co.za. COURSES & TRAINING 16 TO 18 MARCH Engineering, Management and Operation of Extrusion Plants, Extrusion R&D Centre, Potchefstroom. Email Jaco Beetge at jaco@cfam.co.za. 16 TO 18 MARCH Pigs: Artificial Insemination, George. Email Lily Rothman at office@rltsafrica.com. 21 TO 22 MARCH The Building…

2 min.
do farmers need firearms for protection?

The following letter was written in response to Minister of Police Bheki Cele saying that he envisioned a country in which no citizen owned a firearm. Various organisations have since responded to Cele’s statement, including the South African Gunowners’ Association, by saying that having firearms was one of the few ways in which citizens could protect themselves against violent criminals. Several organisations have said that farmers in South Africa need to be armed in order to protect themselves and their families from criminals as the police do not have the ability to protect them. While this is understandable, it is also anomalous if we are to follow the rule of law. Our hard-earned democracy should always be protected and no one can be a law unto themselves. If our criminal justice system…

3 min.
from our archives

25 MARCH 1970 A points system for breeding sows 50 YEARS AGO Gerd Krause of Helanor Pig Breeding Stud near Lichtenburg perfected a points system for selecting his Large White and Landrace breeding sows. In a stud where 110 sows have to be kept under close scrutiny in order to maintain a high farrowing percentage, Krause has found that this points system, combined with other comprehensive records, is essential for keeping to this standard. At any particular time, he can refer to his records, which will inform him of the number of the pen in which a particular sow is kept, the date she was served, the date she farrowed, the boar’s name, which litter, the size of her litter, the number of stillborn piglets, the number she squashed and the number she finally…

3 min.
gloomy commodity outlook as coronavirus spreads

The novel coronovirus (COVID-19), which is spreading fast across Asia and other regions of the world, presents a risk for global value chains. Organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development have already slashed their growth forecasts for the year. I have also started to observe unease among stakeholders in the agricultural economy, who are worried about the potential affect of the disease on their fortunes. As South Africa’s agriculture sector is export-orientated, with exports of about US$10 billion (around R155 billion) in 2019, the potential disruptions that the COVID-19 outbreak could cause in global value chains should indeed be a key concern. This is specifically the case for Asia as the epicentre of the outbreak, and also as a region that accounts for a quarter of South Africa’s agricultural exports.…