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Farmer's Weekly 28 May 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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52 Issues

in this issue

3 min
why every farmer needs to take a break

I have found that many people who live in towns and cities have romantic ideas about what life on a farm is really like. They imagine the early-morning coffee at the kitchen table, followed by a leisurely checking-up-on-things before the farmer returns home for lunch with the family, and then a quick afternoon in the field ends when neighbours meet to drink something cold as the sun starts to set. Farm life holds a lot of beauty and benefit, and it certainly offers a lifestyle that many people would prefer over the rigid monotony that work and life in cities can entail. But farming is also hard work. Most producers start their days early, even before the sun is up, and the work doesn’t stop until late in the day. Particularly…

6 min
hunger a grim reality for even more africans

“In 2020, Africa remained the continent most affected by food crises, accounting for 63% of the total number of people in crisis or worse around the world, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification used by the Global Report on Food Crises. This was up from 54% in 2019. The number of people in crisis or worse in Central and Southern Africa was the highest on the continent at 40,2 million, up from 32,2 million in 2019. Approximately 72% of the region’s children suffering from ‘wasting’ reside in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania and Zambia. More than 18,5 million children under five years old across the region are stunted. The stunting prevalence is above 30% (classified as very high) in nine of the 16 SADC…

2 min
tilapia farming

The Tilapia Farming Workshop focuses on good management and production practices of tilapia. Topics discussed include water quality, details on the Tilapia species, marketing, feed and labour. The workshop includes working on a farm to see how systems function. Delegates will also be shown how to install an aquaponics system. Email Clare Fincham at clarefincham@mweb.co.za. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND EXPOS 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 19 TO 21 MAY Plant Production, Groenkloof, Pretoria. Phone AgriSkills Transfer on 012 460 9585, or email admin@agriskills.net. 24 MAY Calf Rearing, George. Phone Rothman Livestock Training Services on 064 506 0720, or email admin@rltsafrica.com. 27 TO 29 MAY Cattle Embryo Transfer, George.…

4 min
day-old ducklings for africa

32 YEARS AGO Duck rearing is easy, according to this enterprising Lowveld producer, who sold his Pekins nationwide and exported some, too. Ten years ago, A Barnard was told that trying to produce ducks commercially in the Eastern Transvaal [Mpumalanga] Lowveld was impossible. But today he is possibly one of the largest day-old-duck producers in the area, selling his ducklings not only nationwide, but as far afield as the Seychelles. Barnard has a small farm on the Kaapsehoop road near Barberton. At one time, he was supplying [chicken] eggs to much of the Lowveld. But, when competition got too stiff, he hatched day-old chickens and was doing a nice line of business with culled hens to the local people and chicks to Mozambique, when independence in that country shut off his Maputo market. He then…

3 min

‘Farmer’s Weekly magazine helped me discover my goals and direction in life’ My interest in and love for farming began when I read a copy of Farmer’s Weekly magazine for the first time (FW, 9 September 2016), given to me by a cellmate in my previous facility. My family would then send me copies of the magazine, until I was transferred to a new correctional facility in October 2020. But, I’ve been delighted to receive back copies from the Farmer’s Weekly editorial team since then. At the start of 2021, I got busy making enquiries about agricultural courses, and I’m very proud to say that I have now registered for a horticulture course and enrolled for a diploma in marketing management. Farmer’s Weekly has become such a significant presence in my life. It…

1 min
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA SA SET TO EXPORT RECORD VOLUME OF MAIZE South Africa is expected to export a record 2,8 million tons of maize in the 2020/2021 marketing season, according to the latest estimate of the National Agriculture Marketing Council. Read the full article at bit.ly/3tI2jtA. Posted: 12 May 2021. FROM LINKEDIN @FarmersWeeklySA Following a post titled Sixth avian influenza outbreak in South Africa raises alarm, users shared their opinions on the subject. Posted: 7 May 2021. READERS’ COMMENTS Hugh Milne: “Very concerning. This increases risk for financial institutions and other investors, possibly leading to withdrawal from the sector. Biocontrol is critical.” Dr Mark Marais: “[Its is] time to re-evaluate poultry farming! The amount of chicken consumed by our nation warrants an in-depth assessment of how poultry raising can be kept disease free.” Godwin Zarura Manyonganise: “Sad news.” Neftal Maluleke:…