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Farmer's Weekly 2-9 April 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

3 min.
we know how to fix land reform, so why don’t we?

You might have read, in media reports that have been circulating on social media these past few weeks, about the case of Western Cape farmer Ivan Cloete, a land reform beneficiary who was facing eviction from a farm he was previously granted access to by the state. I met Cloete in 2010, and by that time he had already been farming for seven years. However, much the same as today, in the interview I did with him then he said that government was holding farmers like him hostage by not granting them secure tenure for land to which they had been granted access. Back in 2010, Cloete was farming on a piece of land in Blackheath, close to Cape Town. He has since moved farms three times and now faces another…

6 min.
unsustainable farming a threat to water supply

“I have come across some horrible things in my years of research on the environmental damage caused by mines, but for me the most terrifying sight of all is a burning underground coal field. There is very little that one can do to solve a problem such as this, because you will have to pump millions of litres of water into the coal field to extinguish the fire. It can be done in areas where the burning coal threatens lives and infrastructure, but it’s usually only a temporary and limited solution, as it will start burning again as soon as the water subsides, drains away or evaporates, leaving the coal to come into contact with air again and dry out. AN IRREPLACEABLE RESOURCE Now imagine what it would feel like to come across…

2 min.
tractor operation

The Tractor Operation and Maintenance course, hosted by the Buhle Academy, teaches delegates about professional tractor operations. This includes driving the tractor, the optimal use of implements for land preparation, and maintenance of the tractor. Email Lovert Magwala at overt@buhle.org.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 29 TO 31 MARCH Essentials of Import Export Documentation Procedures, Gqeberha. Email Webster Chinyani at webster@oracle7.co.za. 7 TO 9 APRIL Piggery Course, AgriSkills Transfer Campus, Groenkloof, Pretoria. Phone AgriSkills Transfer on 012 460 9585, or email admin@agriskills.net. 10 APRIL Wines of the World, Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch. Phone the Cape Wine Academy on 011 024 3616. 12…

4 min.
the dog for the stockman and how to choose him

Sheep dogs have been invaluable to stock farmers for many decades and even centuries. However, the dog must be able to work. This article explored the characteristics that a farmer should consider when choosing a sheep dog. When selecting a dog, two things stand pre-eminent. One is intelligence; the other is constitution. So, how do we judge a dog for intelligence? First, of course, the dog has to fill the eye. That general term is employed, which means such a lot, and yet, when analysed, might mean next to nothing. There has to be about such a dog that indefinable something that bespeaks alertness of mind as well as of body; and it must have the appearance of being a dog with a mind of his own. There are no rules…

3 min.

New management for Loskop Cotton Gin Loskop Cotton Gin in Marble Hall, Limpopo, is officially under the new management of Vaalharts Cotton, located in Hartswater, Northern Cape. During the transition period, the cotton gin will be known as Vaalharts – Loskop Cotton. Vaalharts Cotton’s managing director, Louis Olivier, and the company’s chief financial officer, Johan Wolhuter, will also take up these respective roles at Vaalharts – Loskop Cotton. Olivier, a qualified agriculturist with three decades of experience in the cotton industry as both a farmer and a businessman, has nine years of running a cotton gin under his belt. Wolhuter has a finance qualification and has been handling Vaalharts’s financial management for the past two years. Vaalharts Cotton and Vaalharts – Loskop Cotton will be managed as two independent business units, each with…

3 min.
agriculture alone cannot address the youth unemployment crisis

Africa remains the youngest continent in the world, with almost 60% of its population under the age of 25. With much of this population set to enter the labour market over the coming decade, this scenario has been viewed as an immense opportunity, but also a ‘ticking time bomb’ given the growth of joblessness across many countries in Africa. It has been particularly difficult for governments to create a policy environment that can absorb enough of the youth into the economy. According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which focuses on enhancing governance and leadership in Africa, 16 million young Africans, who account for around 13,4% of the total labour force within the 15- to 24-year-old age range, still face unemployment. RELIANCE ON AGRICULTURE In the recent past, emerging sentiment has looked to the agriculture sector…