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Farmer's Weekly 19 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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Caxton Magazines
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3 min.
dear readers ...

I love swimming in the ocean and even as a child I would swim out far behind the breaking waves to where the water was calm. Sometimes, though, I misjudge my own ability and the power of the waves, and I have had a few narrow escapes. When the ocean is rough, and a large wave breaks over you and pulls you towards the ocean floor, you lose all sense of up and down, and panic quickly sets in when fast, successive waves keep you helplessly floundering below the surface. A lot has happened at Farmer’s Weekly over the past few months during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown period. I am sure that, like me and the rest of the team at Farmer’s Weekly, many of you have also felt trapped…

5 min.
the dairy industry: meeting new consumer demands

“Farming is an important economic activity in South Africa, providing an income for large- and small-scale farmers, as well as jobs to thousands of people. Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the demand for animal products, such as meat and milk, and the dairy industry has been meeting this demand. The intake of unprocessed milk in South Africa increased 4,8% year-on-year in 2018. While raw milk is considered very desirable in parts of the country, it poses many possible safety hazards, such as a susceptibility to bacterial contamination. For this reason, the dairy industry has improved various technologies to ensure the safety and quality of milk. A SNAPSHOT OF THE DAIRY MARKET South Africa’s secondary dairy industry consists of a few large processors operating nationally, a growing…

1 min.
farmer’s diary

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 APRIL TO 2 MAY (Previously postponed) The Bloem Show, Bloemfontein.Visit bloemskou.co.za. 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…

2 min.
the impact of the recent rescheduling of cannabis

In September 2018, seemingly out of nowhere, the use of cannabis was decriminalised in South Africa. Many of my friends and family with whom I hadn’t spoken in years now wanted to speak to me about dagga. (I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with that word. I hate how grotesque it sounds, but love how uniquely South African it is!) THE RESCHEDULING OF CANNABIS IS GOOD NEWS All these friends and family members wanted one of two things: they wanted to use cannabis, or they wanted to grow it now that it was decriminalised. I had been cultivating cannabis for many years at that stage, and while it had been decriminalised, changes needed to be made to the scheduling of cannabis and its specific cannabinoids. Fast-forward to 22 May 2020, and cannabis as a…

3 min.
magnificent miniatures

38 YEARS AGO Despite the initial cost of buying and keeping a miniature horse, Frank Hickman says that they make excellent pets, and cost less to feed than a big dog. Frank Hickman’s new horses stand waist-high to a six-year-old. And exercising the four miniature horses imported from America is something of a problem. They have to have their own paddock as they can walk under the wooden bars of a conventional paddock railing on his farm at Shongweni, near Durban. The miniatures are lost in normal size stables, which have to have extra-low doors fitted so the horses can see out. They range in size from 558mm to 600mm. Horses are classified as miniatures if they measure less than 864mm at the shoulder at the age of two years, so Hickman’s animals…

3 min.
despite growth forecasts in 2020, future agri exports uncertain

The ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis has brought uncertainty to global trade because of disruptions in supply chains and weakening demand. South Africa’s agriculture sector, which is export-orientated, is one of the sectors I had feared would be disrupted by the pandemic. So far, however, there has been minimal disruptions as the agriculture and food sectors had been generally operational across the globe. The coming months could be even better, as many countries are gradually easing restrictions on economic activity and people’s movements after widespread lockdowns. In the first quarter of the year, which is the period before lockdowns were implemented across the globe, South Africa’s agricultural trade was vibrant. A KEY CATALYST THIS YEAR IS THE INCREASE IN GRAIN AND HORTICULTURE OUTPUT The country recorded an agricultural trade surplus of US$773 million (about…