Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2016, Issue 16003, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 16003, 2016
Author Denene ErasmusSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
The new year has started in much the same way as 2015 ended - on a spectacular low, with the rand weakening to historic levels against major currencies, little relief from what is fast turning into a catastrophic drought, and the downgrade of South Africa's credit rating to just one level above junk status. We are in real trouble, but hopefully this perfect storm will force our leaders to take a hard and honest look at how we got here.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 6 –7 (2016)More Less
Weak growth among major emerging markets will weigh on global growth in 2016, according to the World Bank's January 2016 Global Economic Prospects. Sub-Saharan Africa could face muted growth due to low commodity prices, power capacity constraints and China's economic slowdown.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 13 –24 (2016)More Less
Obama sets new AGOA deadline
Farmers' six year-long battle with Zim government concluded
Climate change's sweet side
Bread wheat genome assembled
Land reform trump card in Zuma politics
Farm attacks spike over 2015 festive season
SA aquaculture importers frustrated by import bureaucracy
KwaZulu-Natal drought not broken by festive season rain
Bird flu outbreaks detected worldwide
Kenya exports more coffee to EU
Concern over Russia's counterfeit meat market
Much more rain needed in drought-stricken areas
Area planted to grain in SA much reduced due to drought
2016 to be a 'mixed bag' for agricultural input suppliers
Water shortages abound this season
Drought mitigation systems urgently needed - Mmusi Maimane
Water levels drop steadily in South Africa's major dams
Decline in poaching figures may be inaccurate
Dog-equipped poachers a threat to Cape's nature reserves
Weak rand strengthens forestry outlook
SA agricultural machinery industry 'to fight for its future'
Botswana agriculture sector's contribution to GDP could remain low
Botswana government could repossess farms around cities and towns
Marketing the giant olive
Wine harvest early this year due to warmer weather
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 26 –27 (2016)More Less
Author Luyolo MkentaneSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 30 –31 (2016)More Less
Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo recently shared the commission's successes with Luyolo Mkentane. She detailed how the commission intended achieving its aims and engaging with organised agriculture to ensure that restituted land was used for the benefit of all.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 32 –34 (2016)More Less
Despite poor economic prospects, South Africa is among a small number of countries providing relatively cheap food to its citizens, according to the Big Mac index. A McDonald's Big Mac hamburger costs R28 in South Africa, while it costs 178% more in the US. The index is used to measure purchasing power parity between nations, using the price of a Big Mac as the benchmark. Even with projected increase in food inflation of more than 10%, South Africans will be better off.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Author Mike BurgessSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 36 –39 (2016)More Less
Ernest Pringle, Eastern Cape farmer and chairperson of Agri SA's Agricultural Development Committee, has the country's largest private butterfly collection and is responsible for establishing South Africa's most famous butterfly reserve. Mike Burgess visited him on his farm to find out more about his love for butterflies and insects in general.
Author Gerhard UysSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 40 –43 (2016)More Less
Author Jeandre Du PreezSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 46 –47 (2016)More Less
Author Glenneis KrielSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 48 –50 (2016)More Less
The Ceres Plateau, only recently incorporated into South Africa's Wine of Origin scheme, is establishing itself as one of the best wine-producing regions in the country. Kallie du Plessis and Hendri Carstens of the farm Dennekruin spoke to Glenneis Kriel about this exciting development.
Author Joe SpencerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 56 –57 (2016)More Less