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Farmer's Weekly 04 June 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
agriculture’s afrikaans problem

One of the enviable things about South Africans is that just about every one of us speaks at least two languages, while many speak and understand three, four or even more. It is becoming increasingly common for people around the world to learn a second language such an English or Spanish, but there are still many countries where the majority of people know only their mother tongue. Lately, however, it seems as though instead of celebrating this uniquely South African advantage, language has become the cause and target of much conflict. Well, mostly one language in particular: my home language, Afrikaans. The debate against the use of Afrikaans as a language for tertiary learning has been waging for many years, and sentiment seems to be building for the complete phasing out of…

4 min
how africa can benefit from a strong agri sector

The views expressed in our weekly opinion piece do not necessarily reflect those of Farmer’s Weekly. This article is an edited excerpt from report titled ‘Public expenditure on food and agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa: trends, challenges and priorities’, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. To read the full report, visit fao.org/3/cb4492en/cb4492en.pdf. “Economists have long recognised the importance of investing in agriculture, as the sector is potentially an engine for growth, employment creation and poverty reduction. Country-specific studies, for Ethiopia and Ghana, for example, have also emphasised how the provision of public goods and services in agriculture has a substantial impact both on agricultural productivity and rural welfare. Public investment in agriculture is important for two key reasons. First, evidence has shown that doing so is particularly effective at…

2 min
caring for seedlings

This short course on Seedling Production teaches participants the essentials of propagation of a range of vegetable and crop seedlings in a nursery. The use of a variety of growth media, water management systems and relevant biosecurity measures is also covered. Email Buhle Farmers’ Academy at applications@buhle.org.za, or visit buhle.org.za. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND EXPOS 1 TO 3 JUNE Hortgro Symposium (webinar). Visit events.hortgro.co.za/symposium-webinar-series-final. 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 1 JUNE TO 24 AUGUST Fundamentals of Good Agricultural Practice (online). Email Agricolleges International at admissions@agricolleges.com. 6 TO 12 JUNE Birding in the Bush, Makuleke Concession. Email Terry Gouws at enquiries@ecotraining.co.za, or phone her on 013 752 2532. 9 TO…

3 min
there’s a demand for durum wheat

Favoured by pasta producers, this hardy wheat, primarily imported into South Africa in the past, began to be grown in the Great Fish River Valley in the early 1980s, with great success. The pasta industry in South Africa requires about 400000 bags of durum wheat annually. Durum is a hardy type of wheat that is not suitable for bread flour, but has a higher yield potential than bread wheat generally cultivated under irrigation. In view of the present overproduction of bread wheat in South Africa, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (the ministry) carried out research – chiefly on the Cradock [Research] Farm – to see if durum wheat could be successfully cultivated in the [Great] Fish River Valley. In collaboration with the Wheat Board and Stellenbosch University, it has been decided that durum…

3 min
‘climate change poses a threat to south africa’s dual agricultural economy’

Climate change presents a great risk to South Africa’s dual agricultural economy. Higher temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will affect productivity. In recent years, the country has experienced extreme weather events, with floods resulting from higher-than-normal levels of rainfall. The negative effects manifest in infrastructure and crops damage, as well as disruption in the supply of agricultural products. BREEDE AND BUFFALO RIVER FLOODS In December 1906, the Breede River overflowed its banks, so much so that it reached above the lintel [around 2m high] of the Dutch Reformed Church at Malgas, Western Cape, and almost destroyed the building. At the farm Melkkamer, on the west side of the De Hoop Vlei, the upper storey of the stables allowed local farmers and their families to survive, play…

2 min
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA NORTH WEST FARMERS WELCOME REPAIR OF FLOOD DAMAGED ROADS The North West farming community has welcomed an announcement by the province’s premier Prof Tebogo Job Mokgoro that a total of R36,7 million was spent in the first quarter of 2021 to repair roads that had been damaged by recent flooding. Read the full article at bit.ly/3hIYSjM, or scan here: Posted: 17 May 2021. FROM FACEBOOK @FarmersWeeklySA Following a Facebook post titled Brown locust outbreaks threaten Southern Africa, users shared their thoughts. Posted: 17 May 2021. READERS’ COMMENTS Dawie Laubscher: ‘‘Good rains have provided the perfect environment for these species to breed. The locust eggs were laid a long time ago. When the rains came and the temperature of the soil reached an optimum level, the eggs hatched. Lack of equipment and people to combat…