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Farmer's Weekly 30 April 2021

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

3 min
non-farming skills every farmer needs

Farming is a challenging career. It is difficult to start a business and even harder to keep it running. Even well-established farmers can run into problems if they don’t continually and carefully manage their affairs. To be a successful farmer in charge of your own business, you will require a diverse set of skills. Perhaps the most important is the ability to manage your farm’s finances. The nature of many farming businesses makes it challenging to keep a firm hand on financial matters. The management of your budget needs to take into account seasonality, the time that has to elapse between planting and harvesting, as well as the risks over which you have limited control. A farm is likely to generate an income only in certain months of the year, and…

5 min
bolstering the global food supply chain

“Agriculture underpins the livelihoods of more than 2,5 billion people worldwide. Given the sector’s innate interactions with the environment, its direct reliance on natural resources for production, and its significance for national socio-economic development, urgent and ambitious action is needed to build more resilient agricultural systems. Hazardous events need not devolve into full-blown disasters; risks need not become insurmountable. Disaster risk can be reduced and managed. Disasters threaten all three pillars of sustainable development: social, environmental and economic. This is happening more rapidly and unpredictably than anticipated, across multiple sectors, dimensions and scales. Agriculture continues to bear the brunt of disaster impacts as new risks and correlations emerge. Urgent efforts are necessary to build disaster-, disease- and climate-resilient agricultural systems that will be capable of improving the nutrition and food security…

2 min
broilers and layers

This Broiler and Layer Course introduces delegates to broiler and egg production, and covers health and feed management practices for poultry. The course also focuses on the importance of cleaning and disinfecting poultry holdings and utilising biosecurity practices. Delegates will also learn how to manage the collection and storage of table eggs on the farm. Phone AgriSkills Transfer on 012 460 9585, or email admin@agriskills.net. 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 26 TO 30 APRIL Introduction to Basic Vegetable Production, Buhle Academy Campus, Delmas. Email Lovert Magwala at lovert@buhle.org.za, or visit buhle.org.za. 6 TO 7 MAY Cattle Nutrition Management, Pretoria. Phone Lily Rothman on 078 546 7985. 7…

3 min

56 YEARS AGO Whether it’s summer or winter, he’s never out of clover While clover has a bad reputation for causing bloat, one Eastern Cape farmer achieved good results with this silage, as the following article revealed. Grass, clover and mixed pastures are gaining in popularity in the north-eastern Cape. Grass pastures in particular are in favour, but a number of farmers are cautious of clover because of the threat of bloat. Aubrey Sephton of Woodcliffe, Maclear, however, believes in planting only clover and has some substantial results to support his faith in them. Sephton started artificial mixed pastures in 1947. These all failed, mainly because the grass pushed out the clover. He then decided to try clover alone, which proved very successful, and he now has around 120ha planted to this feed. From mid-July until…

4 min
survival, recovery and growth strategies for agribusinesses during crises

The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the survival and recovery of agribusinesses. Generally, the supply-side of the agriculture and agro-processing value chain has been [safeguarded] from disruptions. However, the demand-side continues to feel the adverse effects of COVID-19, resulting in reduced per capita income from business closures and the slowdown of operations. Consequently, COVID-19 is threatening the competitive performance of agribusinesses and their survival beyond the period. Such conditions require strategic responses. RESPONDING TO CRISES History shows how businesses have dealt with market shocks, with some of their strategic responses having enabled them to survive crisis periods. In navigating Asia’s 1997 economic [downturn], some businesses deliberately reconfigured cost-efficient strategies to mitigate the adverse effects thereof. Lessons learnt from the global financial crisis [from 2007 to 2009] suggest that the reconfiguration of company strategies imposed transitory yet significant…

2 min
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA Guidelines for livestock exports by sea now open for comment Interested parties have until 30 April to submit written comments on draft guidelines aimed at enhancing the ethical transportation of livestock from South Africa by sea. Read the article at bit.ly/3sgu0c9, or scan here: Posted: 13 April 2021. Follow us at @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA FROM FACEBOOK @FarmersweeklySA A post titled, ‘The role of forests in global food security, led to followers sharing their opinions on the matter.Posted: 5 April 2021. READERS’ COMMENTS David Fincham: “Farmers are getting better at protecting ecosystems and biodiversity, unlike [the] mining and manufacturing [industries].” Moabi Serobatse: “I guess [the] ecosystem and food production are indeed [linked], thus the need for enhancing food production through [tunnels] or [greenhouses]. Proper monitoring should [also] be practised to ensure sustainable food production.” READERS’ FEEDBACK Mocheko Alfred @MochekoA “I enjoyed reading the…