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Farmer's Weekly 27 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.
a brief moment of recovery

Following two consecutive years of negative growth, good news about the economic prospects for the farming sector in 2020 started to trickle through at the end of February and beginning of March. However, this brief moment of recovery was soon engulfed in uncertainty due to the worldwide market shock caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Agbiz released the latest results of the Agbiz/ IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI) earlier this month, reporting that after remaining at levels below the neutral 50-point mark for six consecutive quarters, the index improved six points to 50 in the first quarter of 2020. There was also some recovery in the number of combine harvesters sold year-on-year in February, and from January to February this year, tractor sales, although still down from last…

5 min.
constitutional amendment won’t address poverty issues

“More than two years ago, Parliament passed a motion to establish the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) to look into amending the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation. Public input was invited, and over 600 000 written submissions were received, with two-thirds being against any constitutional amendment. But the tone of engagements at the hearings was very different, with the vast majority of participants, mostly black South Africans, being strongly in favour of it. The debate came down to a proxy debate about the legitimacy of our economic system and the existing property rights dispensation. POLITICAL THEATRE I first used the term ‘political theatre’ in 2013 to illustrate how these events unfolded. Then, during the centenary of the Natives Land Act, the ANC pushed for reopening land claims, in response to the EFF’s…

2 min.
important announcement!

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in South Africa, and the subsequent announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that gatherings of 100 or more people are prohibited, many events in the Farmer’s Diary have henceforth been cancelled or postponed. At the time of going to print, Farmer’s Weekly could not confirm whether some of the listed events had been officially cancelled. However, most of the organisations hosting these events are due to make announcements in this regard within the next week. Readers will be kept up to date. Farmer’s Weekly urges its readers to contact the relevant organising body before attending any course or event to confirm whether the event has been cancelled or postponed. CANCELLED OR POSTPONED EVENTS 26 MARCH Qualité Awards Dinner, Stellenbosch Town Hall. Email Yolandi de Wet at yolandi@yolandidewetpr.co.za. 26 TO 27 MARCH Environmental…

2 min.
making nutrition fun for children and caregivers!

When the Do More Foundation broke a world record by making 107 418 peanut butter sandwiches in an hour on World Food Day in October 2019, it was just the beginning of a plan to ensure that young children across South Africa get the right nutrition every day. With March being Nutrition Month, the Do More Foundation has initiated an innovative follow-up campaign, which teaches children and their caregivers how to make healthier nutritional choices, without spending more. Currently, 27% of South African children under the age of five are stunted due to inadequate nutrition. Stunting can have serious long-term consequences, including poor cognitive development and long-term health issues. While lack of access to healthy food is an obvious contributing factor, so is a lack of knowledge about what healthy eating looks like. Even…

4 min.
from our archives

8 APRIL 1970 Kyalami ’70 50 YEARS AGO It is said that in boxing, one cannot make a successful comeback. While this might be true for boxers, it certainly does not seem to be true for motor racers. Jack Brabham, 43 years young, is back in the race for the world drivers’ championship this year. Brabham has never really been out of motor racing except when he has been slightly ‘bent’ after a prang, but it was in 1966 that he last won the world championship. This year, the Old Fox, ‘Black Jack’ Brabham, is back with a vengeance. Still the shrewdest racing driver of them all, he showed a clean pair of exhaust pipes to the strongest field ever to contest the South African Grand Prix, which was held at Kyalami on 7 March. Nine…

3 min.
food shortages unlikely during coronavirus outbreak

Fears about potential disruptions to global supply chains due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak have raised questions about whether South Africa could experience food shortages in the short to medium terms. I doubt this would be the case, at least for most food products. South Africa is an agriculturally endowed country, and generally a net exporter of agricultural and food products. What’s more, there are prospects for an abundant harvest of staple grains and fruit this year, which will increase local supplies. There are, nonetheless, essential imported food products that South Africa is dependent on, such as rice, wheat, and palm oil. Key palm oil suppliers are Indonesia and Malaysia, and typical suppliers of rice are Thailand, India, Pakistan, China and Vietnam, some of which have been hard hit by the…