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Farmer's Weekly

24 May 2019

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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these will be sa’s make or break years

Earlier this month, Time magazine featured on its cover an aerial view, photographed by Johnny Miller, of two neighbouring suburbs in Ekurhuleni. The road that runs between them serves as the only divider between the comfortable and affluent Primrose residents on the one side and their poor neighbours in the Makause informal settlement on the other. The image, similar to another photograph taken by Miller of Kya Sands and Bloubosrand in Johannesburg, which was used on the cover of the World Bank report, ‘Overcoming Poverty and Inequality in South Africa’, highlights the extent of the deep and pervasive disparity that exists between South Africa’s middle and upper classes on the one hand, and its poor citizens.These urban scenes are very effective at illustrating South Africa’s unenviable position at the…

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farmer's weekly

EDITORIAL TEAM EDITOR Denene Erasmus ( MANAGING EDITOR Janine Ryan ( NEWS EDITOR Julinda Schroeder ( ART DIRECTOR Vian Roos DESIGNER Louis Kruger CHIEF COPY EDITOR Paul Sulter COPY EDITORS Fanie de Villiers and Yvonne Fontyn DIGITAL EDITOR Sindira Chetty ( MECHANISATION EDITOR Joe Spencer 083 233 0370 ( OFFICE ASSISTANT Prenusha Moodley JOURNALISTS NORTHERN REGION Pieter Dempsey 087 087 8787 ( Siyanda Sishuba 087 087 7037 ( CENTRAL REGION Annelie Coleman, Bothaville 082 862 9897 ( Dean, Bloemfontein 082 222 9172 ( KWAZULU-NATAL Lloyd Phillips, Mooi River 084 505 9343 ( WESTERN CAPE Jeandré Van der Walt, Cape Town 021 001 2432, 078 422 2441 ( ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Reinhard Lotz 087 158 0278 ( JOHANNESBURG Meshack Leshabane 087 087 7070 (…

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to feed the world, we have to protect the pollinators

“Three out of four crops across the globe that produce fruit or seed for human consumption depend, at least in part, on pollinators such as bees and birds. Improving pollinator density and diversity boosts crop yields, as pollinators affect 35% of global agricultural land, supporting the production of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide.Moreover, pollination-dependent crops are five times more valuable than those that do not need pollination. The price tag of global crops relying directly on pollinators is estimated at between US$235 billion (about R3,4 trillion) and US$577 billion (R8,3 trillion) a year.Their quantity, too, is on the rise. The volume of agricultural production dependent on pollinators has increased 300% over the past 50 years.These figures reflect the importance that pollinators have in sustaining livelihoods across the…

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farmer’s diary

24 TO 27 JUNE Broiler and Layer Management THIS FOUR-DAY COURSE PROVIDES AN INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCING EGGS AND BROILERS. DELEGATES WILL RECEIVE A WEALTH OF INFORMATION, FROM HOW TO APPLY HEALTH MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR POULTRY TO UTILISING BIOSECURITY PRACTICES. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 29 TO 30 MAY Agripreneurs’ Conference, Emperors Palace, Kempton Park.Visit 6 TO 7 JUNE Hortgro Technical Symposium, The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West. Email Thea van Zyl at 6 TO 9 JUNE Cannabis Expo, Sibaya, Durban.Visit, or email 10 JULY Agribusiness Africa Conference, Premier Hotel OR Tambo, Kempton Park. Email Marianna du Plessis at COURSES & TRAINING 27 MAY Efficient…

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making sa wines more desirable than ever before

The Nederburg Auction, now the Cape Fine and Rare Wine Auction, aims to widen worldwide access to fine wines produced in South Africa through a partnership with auctioneer Christie’s. The historic Nederburg Auction, launched in 1975, has now entered an exciting new chapter by evolving into the Cape Fine and Rare Wine Auction.This strategic move is in line with Distell’s new premium and fine wine company, Libertas Vineyards and Estates, which aims to support and drive the upselling and premiumisation of South African wine on the global stage.Kay Nash, CEO of Libertas Vineyards and Estates, says the vision is to build an industry platform widening worldwide access to South African fine wines, and by doing so, escalating the desirability and collectability of these wines.“In order to achieve this, we…

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archives from our

Mr Hennie Vermaak (left) and his son Nasie with some of the cages with which they have trapped over 60 lynxes. This photograph accompanied the article in our 7 May 1980 issue. 7 MAY 1980 Outsmart that lynx 39 YEARS AGO Two farmers in the Eastern Cape relied on the use of box traps to reduce stock losses caused by lynxes. Since the drastic reduction of the numbers of the black-backed jackal by hunting dogs, and the use of the ‘Coyote Getter’, there has been a great increase in the lynx population in the Eastern Cape, say local farmers. The reasons for this are not quite clear, although many farmers and hunters claim the young lynx were one of the natural preys of the black-backed…