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Farmer's Weekly 19 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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2 min.
an urgent need for new infrastructure

The presentation given by Dr Justin Choe, coarse grains analyst at the US Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Outlook Board (see story on page 25) at this year’s Grain SA annual congress provided another example of how South Africa’s failure to invest sufficiently in infrastructure is costing the country lucrative opportunities. Choe said that higher demand for meat would continue to support demand growth for maize. “Feed-use of corn is rising. As economies grow, consumers develop a taste for livestock products, but they want affordable meat and that leads to more feed use,” he said. According to Choe, even when the price was high, maize remained an efficient and affordable option for animal feed compared with wheat, for example. This trend, he said, applied particularly to China, the largest importer of maize. China’s…

5 min.
steady growth for global organic farming

“Organic foods were introduced on a large scale in the early 1990s. It took over 15 years for global organic product sales to reach US$50 billion (R753 billion) in 2008. In 2018, sales surpassed the US$100 billion (R1,5 trillion) mark. According to the latest data published in the 2021 edition of ‘The World of Organic Agriculture’, with COVID-19 changing the way people shop and eat, the next leap, to US$150 billion (R2,3 trillion), could be within the next few years. GLOBAL TRENDS The global market for organic food reached US$112 billion (R1,7 trillion) in 2019. The market has expanded by 55% since 2013. The US is the leading market, followed by Germany and France. In 2019, many major markets continued to show strong growth rates; the French market, for example, increased by…

2 min.
boer goats

The intensive one-day Profitable Boer Goat Production course equips delegates with everything they need to know to improve the profitability and sustainability of their Boer goat operations. It is aimed at new and existing farmers with a working knowledge of livestock farming who want to improve their knowledge of production and management. This course is also presented in Afrikaans on 21 April in Potchefstroom. Phone Johan Steyn on 064 727 8321, or visit boergoats.co.za. 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 23 TO 25 MARCH Conservation Agriculture Training Course, Vredefort. Phone Henru Pieters on 081 351 3138, or…

4 min.
a rare vegetable

Okra could be useful to farmers in torrid areas with a good water supply, said Hennie Nel of Hoedspruit. However, he added, the market was prone to over-supply, which put downward pressure on prices. Nel grows cotton, sugar beans and canning tomatoes on two farms totalling 115ha. “Because it is too hot here in summer to grow beans and tomatoes, I had to look around for something to take their place until the end of summer,’’ says Nel. He originally tried chillies during the hottest months but later changed to okra on the suggestion of a friend. “It’s just as well I did,” he says. “I found okra brings in more money than chillies on a smaller piece of ground, as long as I’m very careful about how much I market at a time. “I…

4 min.

If the experience in Zimbabwe, disastrous downward credit ratings and damning court judgments on incompetence and corruption have not adequately discredited the ANC’s commitment to expropriation without compensation, then the flagrant announcement that farms are being donated to uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) veterans will cause the world to realise just how dangerous the land expropriation without compensation (EWC) agenda is. Several successful black farmers in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga to whom farms had been allocated by the state as ‘lessees’ in the redistribution programme have been summarily kicked off their land for it to be given to politically connected individuals. The Southern African Agri Initiative (SAAI) is acting for a number of them and has found that the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department),…

3 min.
kenya making rapid progress with agri policies

Since 2017, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the World Bank have been working together to support governments and the private sector to improve the regulatory environments of 24 countries in Africa. This work, which has been called Enabling the Business Agriculture (EBA), measures the time and cost of supplying inputs such as fertiliser, seed and water, registering machinery, trading food, regulating the quality of plants and health of animals, and enabling access to finance. Beyond sub-Saharan Africa, the EBA covers 101 countries across Europe, Asia, and North and Latin America. The EBA benchmarks the policy environment of each country and provides a standard to which governments can aspire to create a regulatory space that is more conducive to the private sector so that it can flourish. So far,…