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Farmer's Weekly 26 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
R 21,50
R 1 075
50 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the root of our soil problem

Most of us are connected to the soil in an abstract way – our survival depends on it – but we never really interact with it. We buy our food once it has already been harvested and all traces of the soil have been washed away. Farmers, on the other hand, come home in the evening to leave their mud-covered shoes at the door, to wipe the dust from their faces, and wash the dirt from their hands. For them it is not only their survival that depends on the soil, but also their livelihoods. Farmers understand that soil is a living thing which can grow brittle, bland and infertile when exploited. But it can also come back to life, albeit in a slow, almost imperceptible way. It takes patience to…

5 min.
the impact of the new poultry import tariff

“South Africa’s poultry industry has dominated the news for some time, mainly on sensitive matters pertaining to trade policy. The industry was even mentioned in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address in February, when he said that through the implementation of the Poultry Master Plan, the industry had invested R800 million to upgrade production. As a result, South Africa had been able to produce an additional one million chickens every week. POULTRY IMPORTS The poultry industry is vital for food security, as it provides one of the more affordable sources of animal proteins to households. It is also important for job creation and is a crucial industry for rural upliftment, in particular for woman-headed households. As a result, trade policy, which is also dealt with in the Poultry Master Plan,…

2 min.
imports and exports

The Essentials of Import Export Documentation Procedures course will provide delegates with the fundamental knowledge needed to plan and understand the exporting and importing of goods and the international trade cycle. Aspects covered include documentary requirements, factors influencing costs, risks involved and types of shipping equipment. Email Webster Chinyani at webster@oracle7.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 email henru@rmbio-solutions.com. 12 TO 16 APRIL Beef Cattle Production, AgriSkills Transfer Campus, Groenkloof. Phone AgriSkills Transfer on 012 460 9585, or email admin@agriskills.net. 12 TO…

3 min.
are highest index bulls the best?

Should farmers performance-test and always select the bulls with the highest index? If they did, they could be making a big mistake, said Daan Bosman of the Animal and Dairy Science Research Institute in Irene. This message is endorsed by a colleague of his, Japie van der Westhuizen, also of the institute, but at Queenstown. Selection is surely the best weapon a breeder has, yet many people still make the mistake of using specific norms, rather than treating each situation on merit, says Bosman. To make the best use of the available genetic variation between animals, environmental effects should be neutralised as much as possible. Animals are evaluated within herds, breeds, age groups and according to management. The aim of bull-testing centres is to standardise environmental factors to determine genetic variations. The following principles must…

3 min.
edible insects could hold the key to food security in africa

While insects have long been an important part of many diets in sub-Saharan Africa, there is a trend of transitioning away from eating insects. However, two new cookbooks are trying to curb this trend by showing how a diet that includes insects is fit for modern, healthy and climate-smart households. Secrets of African Edible Insect Cookery by Zimbabwean authors and Les Délices de Mikese by authors from the Democratic Republic of Congo showcase how traditional knowledge of cooking with insects, often held by women chefs, can be combined with innovative gastronomic concepts and contemporary palates to produce tasty recipes. The cookbooks, with recipes created by chefs, local communities and scientists, also form part of a larger effort to develop the edible insect value chain. Worldwide, the taste for meat, and therefore its…

2 min.
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA AGRICULTURE THE ‘SHINING STAR’ OF SA’S ECONOMY – STATS SA In 2020, the country’s economy contracted 7% compared with a growth rate of 0,2% in 2019, according to a recent report on GDP growth released by Statistics South Africa. In 2020, only two industries showed positive growth compared with 2019: agriculture (13,1%) and general government (0,7%). The report called the agriculture sector “the shining star in 2020”. Posted: 9 March 2021. Read the article at bit.ly/3rOGsAc or scan here: FROM FACEBOOK @FarmersWeeklySA: A Facebook post about LIVESTOCK SHIPPING ETHICS left many followers upset after it was reported that 850 head of cattle would be culled after spending more than two months aboard a ship. Posted: 5 March 2021. Tebogo Gwati: “What horrible news!” Hannelie Reinhardt: “And then they made people liars who said shipping…