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Farmer's Weekly 12 June 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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2 min.
coping with uncertainty

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic has brought most of us face to face with great uncertainty. Not only is there still much that we don’t know about this disease, we also don’t know yet how severely the global and national economies will suffer due to the health impact and the effect of restrictions that lockdowns have placed on trade and movement. How many more lives will be lost? How many more jobs will be lost? How will societies support all those who have lost their jobs and livelihoods? When will things go back to normal? Should they? Perhaps, out of all the tragedy and frustration this pandemic has caused, it has been our inability to find definite answers to all these and many other questions, more than anything else,…

6 min.
saving the livestock industry from covid-19

“The effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic on the livestock sector are still largely unquantified and yet to be fully felt. While formal assessments have not been possible so far, current observations reveal disruptions to livestock value chains in many countries. Restrictions on movement and the need for physical distancing to keep people safe and slow down the spread of COVID-19, along with requirements for additional personal protective equipment, are reducing the efficiency of industrial feed enterprises. In addition, movement restrictions and illness are resulting in labour shortages and reduced supply of raw materials. For example, the disruption of supply routes has delayed feed supply. In Argentina, the world’s largest soya bean meal exporter, restrictions have reduced soya bean supply to feed factories by half. Movement restrictions have also…

1 min.
important announcement

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, South Africa’s National Coronavirus Command Council has announced a nationwide lockdown, resulting in many events in the Farmer’s Diary being cancelled or postponed. Farmer’s Weekly will continue to keep readers updated with regard to cancelled or postponed events as the information becomes available to the editorial team. All readers are encouraged to contact event organisers before planning to attend events listed in the diary, to confirm that the event is still going ahead. CANCELLED EVENTS 24 JULY TO 2 AUGUST The Royal Show, Pietermaritzburg.Visit royalshow.co.za. 18 TO 20 AUGUST South African Sugar Technologists Association Congress, Durban ICC. Visit sasta.co.za/annual-congress/ notices. 28 SEPTEMBER TO 1 OCTOBER IDF World Dairy Summit, Cape Town. Visit idfwds2020.com. POSTPONED EVENTS 11 TO 14 AUGUST (Previously 12 to 15 May) Nampo Harvest Day, Bothaville.Visit grainsa.co.za/pages/nampo. 11 TO 14 AUGUST (Previously 12 to 15…

2 min.
what’s on your plate?

According to the Indigo Wellness Index, South Africa is one of the unhealthiest nations in the world. This means that we are eating the wrong foods and our health is suffering. Knorr would like to help South Africa move towards a better food future by providing stakeholders with information about how and what the nation is eating and how it affects our health. To provide this information and help consumers make better food choices, Knorr commissioned Nielsen, a global measurement and data analytics company, to implement a study, ‘Understanding the Eating Habits of the South African Population’, in February 2020. There were 1 005 respondents from across South Africa of 16 years or older. The research objectives were multi-fold and included an understanding of the following: • Composition of the plate across different…

3 min.
from our archives

8 APRIL 1988 Groundnuts with a difference 32 YEARS AGO Growing groundnuts as an irrigated rotation crop with vegetables may be unusual, but it made plenty of sense to Flippie Buys of Weenen in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Buys, who has been farming in Weenen since 1948, plants 100ha of irrigated vegetables and says his 32ha of groundnuts fits in well as a rotation crop. He has been growing groundnuts for many years, since the days of the Virginia Bunch, Natal Common and Egyptian Giant. Over the years he has retained his own seed and now plants a fair area to Egyptian Giant, together with Sellie. The other two original cultivars have high oil content, and variations in temperature caused the nuts to germinate underground and spoil the whole crop. About four years ago, Egyptian Giant became…

3 min.
what africa can learn from global covid-19 responses

When the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was declared a global pandemic at the end of January, it was expected that there would be a coordinated global response ranging from fiscal and monetary policies, to health and food policies, among other interventions. While there may have been some coordination from a fiscal and monetary policy perspective, health and food policies have not seen a comparable level of coordination across the globe. From a health policy perspective, government policy responses have largely been uncoordinated, with some countries implementing variable lockdowns, and others opting not to implement any lockdowns at all. In the global north, the worst-affected countries include the US, the UK, Spain and Italy. The US and Italy have implemented state-based and regional/zonal lockdowns, while the UK and Spain have implemented nationwide lockdowns. Sweden has…