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Farmer's Weekly 16 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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in this issue

2 min.
what do we mean when we talk about land?

Property rights or, more specifically, the power of the state to deprive a person of these rights, have been high on Parliament’s agenda these past few weeks as committees heard oral submissions from the public on the Expropriation Bill and also on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill, which concerns amendments to Section 25 of the Constitution in term of expropriation. The most frustrating aspect of these deliberations is the complex semantics which have become a major feature of the conversations. As part of these processes, we have to agree on our understanding of, and the definition of, words such as ‘expropriation’ and ‘restitution’. In their presentations to the Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, as part of the public participation process on the new Expropriation Bill, the South African Research…

5 min.
is it time to relook water governance in south africa?

“The South African Human Rights Commission recently gave government stakeholders 60 days to respond after it ruled that the continued flow of raw sewage into the Vaal River, as well as into homes and public areas in the Emfuleni Local Municipality, was a violation of human rights. This follows a precedent-setting High Court judgment in December 2020, where a judge ordered the imprisonment of the municipal manager of Kgetlengrivier in North West for 90 days, suspended on condition that raw sewage spilling into the Elands and Koster rivers be cleared up within 10 days. Both of these outcomes were driven by the actions of local citizenry fed up with having to endure a contaminated water supply. Previously, other spheres of provincial and national government had failed legally to oversee, support, intervene and,…

2 min.
biological pest control

The Second International Congress of Biological Control will be held virtually. The congress is the flagship event of the International Organisation for Biological Control, which promotes environmentally safe methods of pest and disease control. For more information, visit iobc-icbc.com. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND EXPOS 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. 19 TO 21 JULY UN Food Systems Pre-Summit, Rome, Italy. Visit un.org/en/food-systems-summit. COURSES AND TRAINING 10 APRIL Wines of the World, Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch. Phone the Cape Wine Academy on 011 024 3616. 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 16 APRIL Tractor Operation and Maintenance, Buhle Academy Campus, Delmas. Email Lovert Magwala at overt@buhle.org.za. 19 TO 23 APRIL Academy Poultry Module, George. Phone Lily…

4 min.
save on weedicides

A crop expert pointed out that farmers’ past experience and knowledge of their local conditions should enable them to choose the correct chemicals for both weed and insect control. Many a farmer is having to slash input costs. Some, in fact, have to do it to stay in business. One area where costs can be reduced is in the use of chemical weedicides. Thys Coetzee, area manager in northern Natal for Ciba-Geigy, says that to apply weedicides correctly, a farmer must have an in-depth knowledge of the farm, otherwise disaster could follow. The structure, texture, clay content and humus content of the soils must be understood, otherwise the weedicides used may be too expensive for a soil’s potential, or the chemicals chosen may be ineffective for the conditions. “For economical weed control, know…

4 min.
partnerships work in land reform

The partnership-driven model for land reform has been the most successful plan to create a class of profitable black farmers [in South Africa] since it was introduced in 2013. It’s the legacy of the late Prof Mohammad Karaan, a former dean of the Faculty of AgriSciences and acting vice-rector of Stellenbosch University. He was also a co-author of Chapter 6 of the National Development Plan, in which the framework of the partnership-driven model for land reform was set out. During negotiations between Agri SA and the National Planning Commission in March 2013, an agreement was reached on an implementation plan for the Chapter 6 model, which became known as the Karaan Plan. OFFICIAL DIRECTIVE In December 2013, Agri SA, TAU SA, Afasa, the Land Bank, the Mpumalanga office of the premier, the Department of…

3 min.
how can south africa gain more traction from brics?

In early March, Agbiz held a hybrid session with members at its Pretoria office, with some joining online. The event’s primary focus was to explore how South Africa’s agriculture and agribusiness sectors could gain more traction within BRICS. This theme is premised on the observation that South Africa’s agriculture sector is expanding and is ripe to contest more international markets. In the next few years, the sector could enjoy a growth spurt, especially if support from government policies, including the master plan on agriculture and agro-processing, come into play. To get a sense of how South Africa’s agriculture sector has expanded in the past decade, consider its gross value added since 2010, which has now expanded by 44%. In volume terms, South Africa’s agricultural production has grown 19% over the same period.…