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Farmer's Weekly 17 July 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.
a zero-based budget for agri department

The grim realities that were presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni when he delivered the Supplementary Budget to Parliament recently did not come as a surprise. But expecting bad news does not take the sting out of receiving it. Even before the impact of the coronavirus disease pandemic and the lockdown, South Africa had suffered three consecutive quarters of negative growth. The recession will deepen, according to National Treasury, due to the “profound impact” of the pandemic, resulting in the economy contracting by an expected 7,2% this year. Of even more concern is South Africa’s out-of-control debt situation. As Mboweni warned, “without urgent action in the 2021 budget process, a debt crisis will follow”. The budget deficit for 2020/2021 was revised upward from 6,8% of GDP to 15,7% of GDP, or…

6 min.
eu’s proposed food labelling bad news for farmers

“As part of its new Farm to Fork strategy, the European Commission of the EU has presented a series of measures directed at helping consumers make healthier food choices and at promoting more sustainable food consumption patterns. Being consumers themselves, farmers support policies that could contribute to improving consumers’ eating habits and health. However, after reading the proposals regarding nutrition information contained in the recently published Farm to Fork strategy, many farmers are concerned that not only would the commission fail to achieve those objectives, but the proposals would severely undercut an already fragile EU farming community and compromise years of effort to promote its high production standards around the world. FOOD LABELLING In its strategy, the commission proposes harmonised and mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling (FOPNL) during 2020 to ‘enable consumers to make…

6 min.
commercial farmers and the state must unite to train new farmers

Since the birth of the new South Africa in 1994, there has been a strong drive towards the redistribution of agricultural land. The ANC has been adamant that many previously disadvantaged people that become private landowners should also become commercial farmers. Up to now, most attempts to establish ‘new’ farmers on land bought or expropriated by the state have not been particularly successful. The main reason for this has been these new farmers’ lack of know-how. Thus, there is a strong need for cost-effective, relevant and appropriate programmes to be put in place for the training of learners to become commercial farmers. The present training institutions, namely agricultural colleges, further education and training colleges and universities, are not entirely suitable for this task. Other ways to address this need must therefore…

6 min.
from our archives

2 JANUARY 1980 Beware of stinkblaar 40 YEARS AGO This article provides some practical information on how to deal with datura seed contamination of maize. Contamination of maize with datura seeds can be a big headache for the grain producer. Even a minimal amount in maize is enough to cause consignments to be turned away from co-operative silos, according to the weed-control team of the Summer Grain Centre in Potchefstroom. Because the seed of Datura stramonium and D. ferox, commonly known as thorn apple or stinkblaar, are poisonous and detrimental to human health, the law dictates that no more than one datura seed may appear in a kilogram of maize. Should maize delivered to a silo be found to contain this amount or more, the farm has no choice but to remove the seed…

1 min.
farmer’s diary

CANCELLED EVENTS 24 JULY TO 2 AUGUST The Royal Show, Pietermaritzburg.Visit royalshow.co.za. 11 TO 14 AUGUST (Previously postponed) Nampo Harvest Day, Bothaville.Visit grainsa.co.za/pages/nampo. 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. COURSES & TRAINING 3 TO 7 AUGUST Introduction to Broiler Management, Buhle Farmers’ Academy, Delmas.Visit buhle.org.za. 4 AUGUST TO 22 SEPTEMBER Introduction to Agribusiness, Agricolleges online course.Visit agricolleges.com/ introduction-to-agribusiness. 24 TO 28 AUGUST Introduction to Layer House Management, Buhle Farmers’ Academy, Delmas. Visit buhle.org. za. 24 TO 26 SEPTEMBER Cattle Embryo Transfer, George. Visit rltsafrica.com/product/embryo-transfer. ONLINE EVENTS 28 TO 29 JULY Smart Farming 4.0 for Sustainable Agriculture/Food Security. Email Ryan Jagesar at ryan@empiretraining.co.za, or phone him on 073 946 9796. 24 TO 25 AUGUST 15th International Conference on Agriculture and Horticulture. Visit agriculture-horticulture. conferenceseries.com/registration. php. 9 TO 12 SEPTEMBER Nampo Online. Visit grainsa.co.za. 30 SEPTEMBER (Provisional…

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.…