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Farmer's Weekly 23 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.
time is running out for didiza to act

The situation at the former Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, as set out in the Auditor-General of South Africa’s (AGSA) report for the 2019/2020 financial year, provides a good example of the worst-case scenario for a democratic government. The department’s performance cannot be described as anything but a complete failure of governance. It is an all-too-familiar story of a government department that is wasting money and failing to deliver critical services to citizens. All of this is also happening with zero consequence, because the leadership vacuum in the department means that no one is being held accountable for its poor performance. The department is still in the process of being integrated with the agriculture department under the new Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, and it will…

6 min.
land rights of sa’s forgotten people

“Former president Thabo Mbeki noted that South Africa is two nations in one: one rich and white, the other poor and black. I would argue that South Africa is actually three nations in one: the rich in cities, the poor in cities, and the even-poorer who live in communal land areas subject to the rule of traditional leaders. Virtually all black, the even-poorer are South Africa’s forgotten, with grand economic development strategies paying little attention to them. Almost one-third of the country’s population still live in communal land areas, which are the remains of what once constituted the apartheid-era Bantustans. Today, most communal land is trust land, formally belonging to government, but in effect managed by traditional leaders. One exception is the land that belonged to the former KwaZulu homeland, which was…

2 min.

7 to 9 May, Honeywood Farm, Heidelberg This intensive two-day Beekeeping course focuses on various aspects of bee and hive health, as well as honey production. Some of the topics discussed include obtaining bees, the economics of beekeeping, and honey processing and control. This is a great course for anyone interested in entering the industry, or those who simply wish to improve their knowledge. Phone Honeywood Farm on 083 270 4035. 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 19 TO 23 APRIL Academy Poultry Module, George. Phone Lily Rothman on 078 546 7985. 21 APRIL Profitable Boer Goat Farming (presented in Afrikaans), Potchefstroom. Phone Johan Steyn on 064 727 8321, or…

4 min.
formula for ‘calfeteria’ success

This informative and well-balanced article examined both the pros and cons to using an automatic calf-feeding system. Mechanical calfeterias are not all they’re cracked up to be. This is a fairly widespread complaint among calf rearers who have invested in expensive automatic milk dispensers only to obtain results that are markedly inferior to bucket feeding. The main grumble is that individual calves learn to corner the milk supply, while timid calves have to wait long periods before they get their turn at the teat. During a demonstration of the calfeteria system at Britain’s Gleadthorpe Experimental Husbandry Farm, a single bossy calf spent 2,5 hours policing the auto feeder in its pen. It drank only once or twice during this period, and the rest of the time it stood with its nose a few…

3 min.
the nspca will not support the ‘inhumane’ export of live animals by sea

In the Farmer’s Weekly article ‘NSPCA urged to rejoin livestock welfare body’ [FW, 26 March 2021], it was reported that leaders of the National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation [NERPO], the Red Meat Producers’ Organisation [RPO] and the Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee [LWCC] had separately called on the NSPCA to rethink the withdrawal of its membership from the LWCC. This is incorrect; only the LWCC had asked the NSPCA to re-evaluate its decision to withdraw as a member, and neither NERPO nor the RPO had done so. In response to the LWCC’s request, we say that the committee has, for eight years, opposed the export of live animals by sea, reaffirming this position in 2019. It is shocking how, recently, and for some [questionable] reason unknown to us, some members of the LWCC,…

3 min.
success of integrated approach to maize value chain development in ghana

Maize is one of Ghana’s major food security crops, with domestic production accounting for 53% of total grain production. Maize is cultivated largely under dryland conditions and the average yield is 1,92t/ha. In pursuit of the goal to enhance food security and improve the welfare of smallholder farmers in Ghana, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, in collaboration with a consortium of partners, implemented the Smallholder Inclusive Productivity and Market Access (SIPMA) project. This initiative aims to enhance smallholder maize farmers’ productivity and market access. The model is premised on effectively delivering agricultural inputs (including seeds, fertilisers and agrochemicals) and services (including extension and mechanisation services), and linking smallholder farmers to offtakers in formal and structured markets. PARTNERS The key consortium partners and their respective responsibilities are: • Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant…