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Farmer's Weekly 12 March 2021

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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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South Africa
Caxton Magazines
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in this issue

2 min.
land reform: what the budget tells us

A favourite phrase of the ANC government is “accelerated land reform”. You would have heard it repeated a few times during February, when President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the State of the Nation Address, and Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni the 2021 budget speech. Ramaphosa said the “favourable weather conditions in 2020 and the beginning of 2021 mean that agriculture is likely to grow in the near term”, and that this would bring with it the opportunity to “accelerate land redistribution through a variety of instruments such as land restitution and expropriation of land”. The phrase also features in the Estimates of National Expenditure, which forms part of the national budget documents. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development’s budget says under the heading ’Accelerated land reform’ that the department…

5 min.
rural safety: perception vs reality

“The perception exists that rural safety and the National Rural Safety Strategy are applicable only to farms, farmworkers and farm owners. This leads to another perception: that farmers and their workers, together with the South African Police Service (SAPS), are solely responsible for security on farms. These ideas are far removed from reality. To address crime successfully in rural areas, one needs to understand the complexity of the environment, to respond when it happens, and to prevent future incidents. Everyone wants to live in a stable and secure environment, and in the agriculture sector this leads to food security. Agri SA believes that the only way this can be achieved is to focus resources such as money, social programmes and service delivery on addressing the community’s socio-economic needs and conditions where required. This…

2 min.
pig farming

This Pig Production course includes basic information on the care and feeding of gestating sows, lactating sows, feeder pigs and finishing pigs. It also focuses on biosecurity, breeding, farrowing and weaning, health and nutrition, housing and ventilation, record keeping and sanitation. After the course, delegates should be able to care for and feed their pigs in a way that ensures a profitable operation. Phone AgriSkills Transfer on 012 460 9585, or email admin@agriskills.net. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND EXPOS 30 TO 31 MARCH Sustainable Innovative Producers and Emerging Farmers Agribusiness Conference, Capital Park, Sandton. Email Connie Mamabolo at connie@crossknowledge.co.za. 10 TO 12 MAY IPPS Annual Conference, Strand Beach Resort, Port Edward. Email› secretary.ippssa@gmail.com or treasurer.ippssa@gmail.com, or phone 021 982 2872. COURSES AND TRAINING 11 TO 12 MARCH Sheep and Goats Registered Artificial Insemination, George. Phone Lily Rothman on 078 546 7985. 12…

3 min.
dryland wheat treat

Evert Engelbrecht of Bainsvlei showed that irrigation wheat could thrive under dryland conditions if managed correctly. Reaping 4t/ha of wheat on dryland in the western Free State was unheard of until Evert Engelbrecht of Lionsvlei, Bainsvlei sowed an irrigation cultivar that needed only a small booster of winter rain. Engelbrecht has successfully grown T4 wheat for the past five years. In 1981, he reaped 3,3t/ha from fallow lands and in 1982, he reaped 4,46t/ha with 1,4t/ha from low-potential lands. He attributes the excellent harvests to rain that fell each July of between 25mm and 100mm. He sows T4 especially on his low-and medium-potential lands. The better lands are mostly Scheepers 69 and SST 102. In 1982, he had 500ha under T4, 250ha under Scheepers 69 and another 250ha under SST 102. Engelbrecht says T4 has several…

3 min.
the unaffordability of the minimum wage

It would appear the question is not whether farmers want to pay the increase in the minimum wage but whether they can afford to do so. It is crucial to have a cohesive understanding of the current economic climate in agriculture. Each farm has to operate as a profitable business entity within itself. It must produce revenue so that it can become, and stay, an agricultural role player. Factors such as human resources, natural resources and financial resources have to contribute to the overall success of the business and its bottom line. Should elements within the operation be ineffective or too costly, the owner is confronted with the task of adapting daily operations so that the business can, once again, serve and support overall profit margins. The South African economy was downgraded to…

3 min.
great potential to increase sa’s agri trade surplus

South Africa’s agricultural exports amounted to US$10,2 billion (about R152 billion) in 2020, which was a 3% increase from the previous year. This was underpinned primarily by the high level of domestic agricultural output, supported by favourable weather conditions across most of the country’s main agricultural regions. The relatively weaker rand also made South Africa’s products more competitive on the global market. The top 10 export products by value were citrus, grapes, wine, apples, pears, maize, nuts, sugar, wool and fruit juices. Over the same period, South Africa’s agricultural imports fell 8% year-on-year to US$5,9 billion (R88 billion) due to a decline in imports of poultry meat, sugar, spirits, sunflower oil, prepared animal feed, beer made from malt, fish and coffee. This was enough to overshadow the increase in the top three products…