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Farmer's Weekly

19 July 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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low prices: a plague for farmers

If I had to draw a single conclusion from the ‘Agricultural Outlook: 2019 to 2028’ published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations at the beginning of July, it would be that South African farmers will require much better assistance from government if they are to remain globally competitive. One of the report’s major findings was that inflation-adjusted prices (real prices) of the major agricultural commodities would remain at or below their current levels over the next decade as productivity growth will outpace demand growth. Most of the commodities covered in the outlook were expected to see real price declines over the coming decade of around 1% to 2% per year. Prices for beef, lamb and mutton were expected to decline even…

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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 ( Sabrina 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 Velile Ncube 087 158 0298 ( Andy Nxumalo 087 087 7067 ( Justin Lavers 087 087 7073 ( CAPE TOWN Francois Jansen van Rensburg 021 001 2438, 082 653 8580, (…

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plastic packaging should focus on recycling

Plastic is cheap compared with other materials such as paper, metal and glass. It has many more applications than these materials, and also prolongs shelf life, an advantage that is relevant to the fresh produce industry. However, there is a dark side to this: plastic packaging is the number one debris found in the environment, and its impact is devastating. Worldwide, about nine million tons of plastic are released into the environment each year. In addition to plastic found in the ocean and being indigested by various marine animals, there are also less obvious impacts. Recent research has found that the chemicals leaching from plastic debris into the oceans disrupt the life cycles of the photosynthetic bacteria that produce oxygen for the planet. If every second breath we take comes from…

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farmer’s diary

27 TO 29 SEPTEMBER Sheepdog National Championship THIS EVENT SEES THE BEST SHEEPDOGS IN SOUTH AFRICA VIE FOR THE TOP SPOT OF 2019 NATIONAL CHAMPION. IT INCLUDES TWO DAYS OF QUALIFYING ROUNDS, CULMINATING IN THE FINAL ON 29 SEPTEMBER. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 30 TO 31 JULY Emerging Farmers and Agroprocessing Conference, CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria.Email 30 TO 31 JULY PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show, Cape Town. Visit fresh-connections-southern-africa. COURSES & TRAINING 16 TO 18 JULY Hydroponic Vegetable Production, Roodeplaat DWS Training Centre, Pretoria. Phone Thebe Tshabang on 084 823 9391, or email 22 TO 26 JULY Sheep and Goat Farming Management and Production, George. Visit, or email 12 TO 16 AUGUST ALFA Expo, Afridome, Parys.Visit 24 JULY Profitable Boer Goat Production, Potchefstroom. Visit boergoats. 21 TO 22 AUGUST Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition, CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria. Visit…

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Vaccinating against West Nile fever Dear Dr Mac, I read your interesting Farmer’s Weekly article (14 June) regarding West Nile fever and am writing to you for your opinion. I’m importing two Warmblood horses into Johannesburg at the end of July, and am trying to decide whether I should have them vaccinated against West Nile fever. They will have to stay in quarantine for four weeks upon arrival in Johannesburg (quarantine ends 26 August) and will then make their way down to the Western Cape, which is West Nile-free. As they will be arriving in winter, when there should be very few mosquitoes, I am a little undecided whether I should vaccinate or not. Kind regards, Catherine Hasler Dear Catherine, I don’t think you will face much risk of West Nile for two reasons: the first…

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historic lipizzaner centre hit by ahs

African horse sickness (AHS) was particularly severe this year, with 236 cases reported from January to June in Gauteng alone. The well-known, non-profit South African Lipizzaners in Kyalami was also affected, with four horses dying of AHS, and one horse managing to survive the virus with veterinary treatment. As the virus is spread by biting midges, insect repellent is imperative in the control of the disease. There is no cure for AHS, and horses are vaccinated once a year against the virus. In this regard, the Lipizzaner centre is thus appealing to the public for donations so the centre can buy fly spray and medication to prevent and treat any other cases of AHS. If you are interested in donating, please call 079 716 4792.…