Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2015, Issue 15049, 2015
Volume 2015, Issue 15049, 2015
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 6 –7 (2015)More Less
As industrialising countries struggle to feed themselves, the world will look increasingly to Africa to be the solution. But according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the first step is for African food security efforts to become more urgent so that the continent can thrive.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 13 –25 (2015)More Less
Wool stocks running low
Mohair market remains positive
New growth opportunities for SA wines
Reduced grain plantings show true extent of drought
Cotton yields better than expected
China-Africa cooperation signals export opportunities
Mozambican soya project threatens smallholders' livelihoods
Agriculture overview : Farming in Malta
Import restrictions cause apple shortage in India
Disasters wreak havoc in developing countries
Free State drought a 'humanitarian disaster' - Vermeulen
iSimangaliso's visitors urged to accept drought's 'harsh reality'
KZN drought disaster relief plagued by controversy
South Africa to unlock desalination to address water woes
Total farming income increased by 10% in 2014
Carbon taxes to increase production costs
Drop in global price of hides and skins
Agriculture machinery sales suffer due to drought
Agri-Expo wins top award for SA Cheese Festival
Astral honours 2015 top achiever
Lack of market hampers biofuel development in SA
Fertiliser industry announces plan to reduce emissions
Easing the audit burden on fruit and wine farmers
Botswana farmers struggling to cope with drought
State monopoly limits growth of beef industry in Botswana
Zulu king hosts indigenous cattle auction
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 26 –27 (2015)More Less
Author Koos CoetzeeSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015 (2015)More Less
With good planning and careful management, farmers will be able to survive the difficult times. The 2014/2015 summer grains season was tough for South Africa's inland farmers. Nonetheless, they still managed to produce more than nine million tons of maize, compared with the previous season's 14 million tons. Livestock farmers did relatively well, with fairly high meat and fibre prices and stable grain prices. In spite of slower global economic growth, the exporting industries also performed well in 2014. But the drier conditions in 2014 were followed by severe drought in 2015. At the time of writing, only isolated rain showers have fallen in the summer rainfall areas.
Author Nicol Du ToitSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015 (2015)More Less
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2015 (2015)More Less
The health benefits of tree nuts, the new SAMC chairperson, late season avos and early mangoes. I often extol the many health benefits of fresh produce. Now a press release from the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) confirms the excellent benefits of eating tree nuts. Approximately 60g of nuts a day may help pre-diabetic and diabetic patients to decrease their glucose and insulin resistance, according to the INC. About 400 million people worldwide have Type 2 diabetes (T2D).
Author Tony BambridgeSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 34 –35 (2015)More Less
Leading UK potato producer Tony Bambridge was recently sponsored by Syngenta to give a presentation at the Potatoes SA Congress on potato production and market trends in his home country. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the lessons that had been learnt in the industry.
Author Jaco HanekomSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 36 –38 (2015)More Less
The Namibian Agricultural Union's Production-Cost Index is a valuable tool for determining and monitoring price trends in the country's livestock production industries, according to Jaco Hanekom, the union's assistant manager of commodities. The index has lately shown an alarming negative price trend in cattle production.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 42 –44 (2015)More Less
Author Bongani NdhlovuSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 50 –52 (2015)More Less
The Mohair Empowerment Trust has launched a project aimed at establishing commercial mohair producers within a five-year period. Mike Burgess travelled with the trust's Bongani Ndhlovu to one of four projects in the Eastern Cape's Karoo region to find out more about its unique approach to the sustainable development of emerging farmers.
Author Jay FerreiraSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 54 –57 (2015)More Less
Author Bill KerrSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015 (2015)More Less
Last week, I described how the high mineral content of borehole water could cause mineral build-up on leaf surfaces, with consequences for the application of chemicals. This is not the only potential problem, though. Mineral accumulation on the leaves can kill young carrot seedlings, especially if salt is part of the mineral content. I have also seen this with Capsicum plants (chillies and peppers). Young transplants are especially vulnerable.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2015 (2015)More Less
The move to stock 'almost perfect' fruit and vegetables has for many years been an obsession in supermarkets abroad. Consumers have come to expect it and retailers merely pass the message on to their suppliers. The latter have responded with improved grading standards and new and better varieties.