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The Response To COVID-19 And Its Impact On Food Systems
Earlier this year, the Brookings Institution provided a disconcerting view of sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) circumstances, when Jennifer Blanke noted that “COVID-19 exacerbated the negative effect of locust swarms in the Horn of Africa, regional insecur
Farmer's Weekly1 мин. чтенияTechnology & Engineering
Latest Agri Technology And Innovations Showcased
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture recently showcased 14 new innovations and technologies at its WOW Day held at the department’s offices in Elsenburg. The event highlighted novel approaches to improve service delivery to the agriculture sec
Farmer's Weekly5 мин. чтенияCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Helping Small-scale Farmers Reach Commercial Status
Sinelizwi Fakade is a commercial grain farmer in Ugie in the Eastern Cape. He produces maize, sunflower, sorghum and soya bean on the 1 200ha farm Rocky Park. Fakade is a founding member and chairperson of the Ukhanyo Farmer Development (UFD) program
Farmer's Weekly1 мин. чтенияNature
Auction Sales
Bela-Bela – The Au Albidus and Friends Brahman Production Sale was held at the Bela-Bela Auction Pens on 31 October. The highest price of the day was achieved by the in-calf cow BAR 17 182 and her calf, which were sold by Willem Barnard of Wilbar Bra
Farmer's Weekly3 мин. чтенияCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Grain Production Set To Drive Growth In Agro-processing
South Africa is expected to achieve another record-breaking grain crop in the 2020/2021 season, with the agriculture sector expected to increase momentum in the next few months, due to an increasingly positive weather outlook and overall production c
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтения
COVID-19 Sends Sappi’s Annual Financials Plummeting
The latest annual financial results of Sappi Limited were severely negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic’s wide-ranging effects. This included the company having to take downtime equivalent to more than 1,1 million tons of production in an eff
Farmer's Weekly1 мин. чтенияCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Fast Facts
Sinelizwi Fakade is a founding member of the Ukhanyo Farmer Development initiative, which supports small-scale farmers through mentorship and production inputs. Fakade is a commercial grain farmer, and plants maize, soya bean, sorghum and sunflower
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтения
3 minutes with ... Francois Wilken , president of Free State Agriculture
If you were given R30 million to invest in agriculture, either in new or existing farming activities or in the agriculture value chain, how would you spend it? I would start by paying off debt and then investing in a sheep feedlot in my small town o
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтенияMedical
Grave Concern About Condition Of Namibia’s FMD-protection Fence
A widespread outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Namibia could potentially wipe out the entire livestock production industry in that country. Therefore, the condition of Namibia’s veterinary cordon fence was a serious cause for concern. Follo
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтенияCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Appeal For Free State Donors To Stagger Feed Donations
The western Free State farming communities affected by the recent devastating veldfires were urgently requesting that donors and potential donors of animal feed stagger these over the next three or four months, Dr Jack Armour, Free State Agriculture’
Farmer's Weekly4 мин. чтения
Growing Guavas: Part 3
Young guava trees should be well established, growing vigorously, and preferably at least a year old, before they are given any fertiliser. When applying fertiliser, never work it into the soil or apply it against the trunks of the young trees. Inste
Farmer's Weekly3 мин. чтения
Strong Recovery In Agri Machinery Sales
Recent economic indicators have confirmed that for most industries, the first half of 2020 led to a sharp contraction in output and sales due, in large part, to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown. The one notable exception is th
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтенияCrime & Violence
Land Tenure Bill Referred To Parliament For Vote
The report on the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Amendment (ULTRA) Bill has been adopted by the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, and the Bill will now be referred to the National Assembly in Parliament. The Bill
Farmer's Weekly3 мин. чтенияAgriculture
Turmoil In SA Blueberry Industry
The row between United Exports and Rossouw Boerdery was exacerbated when a 26t blueberry shipment produced and exported by Rossouw Boerdery under its sub-divisions Rosle and Ross Berries, was confiscated in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands by
Farmer's Weekly1 мин. чтенияNature
Tree Density In The Orchard
To ensure that guava trees remain healthy and productive, avoid planting them too close together or pruning them too heavily. The spacing should also allow tractors, spraying machines and workers to move easily between the trees. The recommended spac
Farmer's Weekly1 мин. чтения
Tractor Prices
Products and prices were correct at the time of going to print and reflect prices as at 2 November 2020. ■
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтенияPolitics
Many Farmers Have Not Yet Benefitted From Drought-relief Funds
Only 26,3% of the R138,5 million drought-relief funding that was made available to seven provinces through the National Disaster Management Centre earlier this year, to alleviate the adverse impact of the drought, has been spent. This was according t
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтения
Urgent Need For New Markets For Growing Global Citrus Crop
With global citrus production on the increase and consumption remaining stagnant, the World Citrus Organisation (WCO) has called for cohesion in the industry to increase sales volumes and overcome challenges prohibiting further growth. The recent Glo
Farmer's Weekly1 мин. чтенияNature
Why Pruning Is Necessary
Pruning is carried out to: • Direct or control growth, and to obtain the desired tree shape and size; • Encourage flower and fruit production to maximise the yield of high-quality fruit; • Make the task of harvesting easier; • Obtain the desired leaf
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтения
‘Renewed EU Lockdowns Should Not Affect Fruit Exports’
The UK and various European countries, such as France, Germany and Italy, have banned, or are discouraging all but essential travel for November, as they move back into COVID-19-related lockdowns. However, Werner van Rooyen, operational manager of th
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтенияNature
Irregular Rainfall Affecting Livestock Production In SA
The ongoing drought in the western parts of South Africa underpins the fact that infrequent rainfall was the most important climatic factor affecting extensive livestock production in South Africa. This pertained not only to the irregular rainfall pa
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтенияChemistry
The Many Advantages Of Humus
The volume of organisms in any body of soil is dependent on the soil environment and supply of food for them; it is not a static amount. Humus, which is formed by the decomposition of plant material in the soil, provides excellent living conditions f
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтенияCookbooks, Food, & Wine
‘Egg Producers Must Adhere To Sizing Regulations’
South Africa’s commercial egg farmers have been urged to adhere to statutory regulations with regard to sizing and other quality aspects of the products that they market to consumers. This followed recent complaints from consumers about eggs they had
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтения
‘Society, Not Government, Should Decide On Fracking’
It should be society, and not government departments and their officials, deciding on whether or not potentially environmentally damaging mining for natural gas and other fossil energy reserves should be permitted in South Africa. This was according
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтения
Picking Your Own Produce In Store
An item in the Produce Marketing Association’s Smartbrief dated 9 October previewed what could develop into a new retail trend – in the US, anyway. Two of the country’s leading retailers are experimenting with the ultimate in fresh produce: growing c
Farmer's Weekly2 мин. чтения
Favourable Planting Conditions For Summer Grains
The recent widespread rain across the summer grain production regions of South Africa bodes well for the 2020/2021 production season. This was according to Derek Mathews, Grain SA chairperson, who told Farmer’s Weekly that the current planting condit
Farmer's Weekly1 мин. чтения
SA’s Best Butcheries Announced
The winners of the annual Cleaver Awards, which recognises the best butcheries in South Africa based on quality, service, hygiene and value for money, were recently announced during a virtual presentation ceremony. According to the executive officer
Farmer's Weekly3 мин. чтения
Standard And Long-life Wear Parts Go Head-to-head In Field Test
Dry soil compacted by years of ploughing and with no sign of any deep tillage at all: these are arguably the toughest ploughing conditions that can be experienced in a field. In a recent comparative test to determine the financial benefit of long-lif
Farmer's Weekly1 мин. чтенияMedical
Europe On High Alert Following Avian Influenza Outbreaks
Sweden is the latest country to raise its risk level for avian influenza (bird flu), after outbreaks were reported elsewhere in Europe and Russia. Earlier this month, France placed parts of the country on high alert, while Denmark raised its bird flu
Farmer's Weekly3 мин. чтения
Growing Potatoes Under Drip Irrigation
As a farmer (and consumer), you may have noticed that the local potato price has skyrocketed, due mainly to unfavourable weather in traditional potato-growing areas. So now is the ideal time to grow this crop. Another good reason for doing so is that
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