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Farmer's Weekly 07 May 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.
learning is not just for the young

Education is vitally important, and one of the smartest things that countries, businesses and individuals can invest in is quality education. However, knowledge does not only come from books. Some of the wisest, most intelligent and successful people I have met have no tertiary education; they learnt what they know from self-study and through experience. This is why, every time there is a new controversy in the headlines about some high-ranking politician or official who lied about his or her formal education background, I am left wondering about how we can strike a balance between respecting the merits of good formal education, while also acknowledging the value and legitimacy of skills and knowledge that were otherwise obtained. Let me pause for a second to just make it clear that anyone who lies…

5 min.
towards a fairer trade balance between sa and botswana

“South Africa and Botswana are dependent on each other to a greater or lesser extent in the supply and demand chains of their agriculture sectors. Botswana is a landlocked, semi-desert country that is not self-sufficient in food, and depends on imports, mainly from South Africa, to ensure its food security. South Africa, on the other hand, needs the Botswana market to ensure offtake for some of its exports. Botswana’s commercial agriculture sector is still young and in a fast-developing phase, which means the country still has to develop its primary and secondary agriculture sectors. The Botswana government has identified agriculture as an area of strategic importance and as the sector with the best prospects for future development. The government is therefore seeking to attract private investment to grow the commercial farming…

2 min.
birding day

The Cape Parrot Big Birding Day is an annual event aimed at saving one of South Africa’s most endangered bird species, the Cape parrot (Poicephalus robustus). Volunteers in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and Limpopo are encouraged to take part in the morning and evening activities, which involve counting Cape parrot numbers in the wild. This information will be used in research to help further protect this indigenous bird species. Email Prof Colleen Downs at downs@ukzn.ac.za. 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. 28 TO 29 JULY Aquaponics and Smart Greenhouse Technology Conference, Radisson Blu Hotel, Sandton. Email Connie Mamabolo at connie@mathematraining.co.za, or phone her on 011 862 4001. COURSES…

3 min.

Big demand for hunting dogs From the middle of the 20th century, hunting clubs were set up in the Cape with the aim of controlling “problem wildlife”, and they became quite popular with farmers. Since 1910, the Cape has been busy with vermin control. Initially, it merely consisted of a fee paid for vermin killed in the province. In 1957, this system was replaced by technical assistance, because it had proved to be inefficient, wasteful in connection with wild animals, and subject to endless misuse. The new system consists mainly of greater financial aid to hunting clubs, the provision of hunting dogs, the testing of equipment, the improvement of hunting techniques, and the training of hunters. The [then] Department of Nature Conservation’s programme is always based on conservation principles. Vermin are ‘controlled’ where a…

2 min.

Land inequalities must be faced head-on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement earlier this year that the thorny topic of land expropriation would be discussed in order to avoid panic once and for all was well received by many, and it will ultimately assure the nation that South Africa’s land issues will finally be resolved. The country has made the bold move to accelerate the transfer of land from white minorities to black people, driven by Parliament’s backing of the people who seek to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation. In addition, government is looking to establish a Land Court that will [rule on land-related disputes], which have severely hampered the land redistribution process. President Ramaphosa also spoke about the implementation of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act [which…

1 min.
a historical treasure trove discovered in port alfred

While visiting a friend in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape, Farmer’s Weekly reader Dr Martin Briggs stumbled upon these and other beautiful pieces in their house. He says it is likely that these vintage items (a carriage clock and a mechanical table balance scale with weights) arrived in South Africa with the 1820 British Settlers. Carriage clocks, also known as ‘officers’ clocks’, were designed for travelling. What is interesting about them is that the first one was invented for Napoleon Bonaparte in early 19th century France.…