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Farmer's Weekly 14 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
Language:
English
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Caxton Magazines
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in this issue

2 min.
regenerative growth for our economies

Farmers understand the term ‘regenerative’ very well. In agriculture, it refers to a type of farming that seeks to do no harm and actively reverse prior damage done to the environment. This means that if you practise regenerative agriculture, soil that has been degraded in the past due to unsustainable production practices will be improved through crop rotation, planting cover crops, and making use of mulch and organic fertilisers, for example. When applied to economics, the term means exactly the same: a regenerative approach to economic growth is symbolised by a circular economy in which resources are consumed in a sustainable way and little waste is created. This stands in contrast to linear economic growth, which is achieved by taking resources on the one end and generating waste at the other. A…

5 min.
boxed wine gets its moment to shine

“During 2020, world wine consumption dropped 3% compared with the previous year. According to the ‘State of the World Vitivinicultural Sector in 2020’ report published recently by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, some of the most pronounced trends in global wine consumption were the increase in demand for value-for-money products, notably bag-in-box wine (wine sold in containers of 2ℓ to 10ℓ); and the simultaneous decrease in the demand for high-value products such as sparkling wine. There are also early signs that the recent rapid growth in China’s wine sector is slowing down. PRODUCTION World wine production in 2020, excluding juices and musts, is estimated at 260 million hectolitres (mhl), marking a slight increase of almost 3mhl (up 1%) compared with 2019. Wine production in the EU in 2020 was estimated…

2 min.
through the bushveld

The Wilderness Trail Skills course provides an ideal platform for aspiring or qualified guides or nature lovers to discover and reconnect with meaningful wilderness encounters. The course has no formal lectures, and instead focuses on practical work and teaching students low-impact guiding skills, conservation and bush lore. Email Terry Gouws at enquiries@ecotraining.co.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 AND TRAINING 10 MAY TO 12 MAY Cattle Artificial Insemination, Muldersdrift. Phone Rothman Livestock Training Services on 064 506 0720, or email admin@rltsafrica.com. 11 MAY TO 4 JULY EcoTracker…

4 min.
archive

Browsers that beat the bush In a 1980s research programme, the South African Savanna Ecosystem Project aimed to shed new light on the management of bush encroachment, an issue that still plagues farmers today. Bush encroachment is caused mainly by careless veld management in South Africa’s savannah bushveld regions, with the carelessness often resulting in large areas of open grassland becoming dense thickets of shrubs and thorn trees. Overstocking grazing camps with cattle or sheep is perhaps the basic reason for the escalation of bush encroachment. With too-frequent grazing, the grass is kept short for long periods and is consequently unable to maintain sufficient leaf area to build up root reserves and to set seed. This causes the seeds of woody plants, formerly choked by dense grass cover, to germinate and grow, first appearing…

3 min.
letters

On the hunt for some family-friendly fun? The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) Gauteng Club, which is affiliated with the Kennel Union of South Africa, was founded in March this year to bring together GSP enthusiasts from all around. Our main goal is to meet, support and learn from like-minded individuals while taking part in GSP-friendly activities. Through education, awareness, and assistance from experienced GSP trainers and owners, we aim to uphold the GSP breed standard, as well as encourage people to make the most out of owning one of these extraordinary dogs, which were originally bred for hunting. Our club welcomes all GSPs and their owners, and our events, which we hold throughout the year, cater to a variety of interests, and include information seminars, field trials, wing shooting, tracking, agility, obedience, show…

1 min.
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA LEASE-TO-BUY FARMER RECEIVES TITLE DEED AFTER 20 YEARS The case of an 80-year-old Limpopo farmer, David Rakgase, who recently received the title deed for the 3 000ha farm he had been leasing from government for at least 20 years, has highlighted the failures in South Africa’s land administration systems, according to Dr Farai Mtero, senior researcher at the University of the Western Cape’s Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies. Read the article at bit.ly/2QEgBhf, or scan here: Posted: 29 April 2021. Follow us at @FarmersWeeklySA FROM FACEBOOK @FarmersWeeklySA A post about the expectation that South Africa’s tomato volumes would normalise by early May, in all likelihood driving down the high prices of the past few weeks, left followers with several questions. Posted: 23 April 2021. READERS’ COMMENTS David Armstrong: “Now we just need to understand…