Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2016, Issue 16008, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 16008, 2016
Author Denene ErasmusSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
South Africans will this week hear how much more it will cost them to live in SA in 2016. Finance minister Pravin Gordhan is set to deliver the 2016 budget speech in Parliamenton 24 February, and financial commentators have suggested that he will demand 1% more from tax-paying South Africans. And, at a time like this, 1% just may be the straw to break the camel's back.
Author Roelof BezuidenhoutSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 6 –7 (2016)More Less
Claims of the benefits of holistic management (HM) grazing, or indeed of any grazing system, should be supported by scientifically validated studies, not anecdotes. There seem to be no peer-reviewed studies that show HM to be superior to conventional grazing systems, and there is little information about the total number of plant, animal or invertebrate species present when HM is compared with other grazing methods or to ungrazed areas. Any claims of success due to HM are probably due to the management aspects of goal-setting, monitoring and adapting to meet goals rather than to ecological principles. Ecologically, applying the HM principles of trampling and intensive grazing are as detrimental to plants, soil, water storage and plant productivity as the principles of conventional grazing systems.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 12 –20 (2016)More Less
The benefit of the drought
Drought hits wool quality
Disease threat increases due to drought
Weak rand helps Sappi to beat drought dip
Wait-and-See Holstein twins break records
Budget speech - the expectations
Fire and weather pose financial obstacles for the SA wine industry
Industry upbeat despite hail damage
Amicable solution close for dispute over charity vegetable garden
Farmers in India sell vegetables using WhatsApp
More livestock breeds at risk of extinction
Iran to expand food production in East Africa
Challenging times ahead for agriculture
Drought bites into consumers' pockets
Window for cheaper agricultural machinery almost closed
Private rhino owners challenge proposed rhino horn legislation
DEA minister intends to submit application for leave to appeal
Black boerboel suspended from breed standard
Drought threatens SA pork production
Old hands share their farming secrets
More help for drought victims
The time for freebies is over - Zim minister
R3,3 billion earmarked to save livestock and wildlife in Zim
New study warns of possible shortage of food in Botswana
Botswana faces food price inflation
Mixed outlook for red meat
Author Ruan VeldtmanSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 26 –28 (2016)More Less
By planting flower strips, using pesticides more carefully and restoring natural areas around their farms, smallholder farmers can harness nature's free pollination service. This is according to an international study on pollinators, which asserts that attracting more wild honeybees to such lands could result in an increase in yield of up to 24%. The project stems from the Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture Project (GPP), funded by the Global Environmental Facility and co-ordinated by the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation. Amongst the pollination experts and ecologists who co-authored the study was ecological entomologist Dr Ruan Veldtman of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and Stellenbosch University.
Author Koos CoetzeeSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Farmers generally regard the Safex grain futures markets with suspicion. They see them simply as a way for speculators to grow rich from money that farmers lose. The truth is that a futures market enables producers and users of a product to insure against price risk. Certainly, a great deal of money is generated on the grain markets. However, a large percentage of this is made by grain traders who enter into fixed-price contracts with farmers and then make a profit when prices change.
Author Peter O'HalloranSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
As all farmers know, a diesel fuel rebate is allowable in terms of the Customs and Excise Act. Yet many farmers have recently been hit with reversals or clawbacks of the rebate with accompanying penalties and interest. SARS auditors are focusing on the logbooks kept by farmers and rebates are being disallowed because of an insistence on slavish adherence to logbook 'rules'.
Author Nicol Du ToitSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 38 –40 (2016)More Less
Following President Jacob Zuma's failure to announce the necessary initiatives to address South Africa's economic challenges in his State of the Nation Address, economists are now pinning their hopes on Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan's budget speech. It is hoped that Gordhan will announce decisive solutions instead of taking populist decisions. Averting further downgrading of SA's investment status and a weakening of the rand would help prevent input costs from escalating.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 42 –44 (2016)More Less
The Engelbrecht family of Groenkol Boerderynear Clanwilliam is well known in the Rooibos industry. Willem Engelbrecht's grandfather, Willie, started farming Rooibos in the 1950s, and was one of the founding farmers and members of the Clanwilliam Tea Co-operative. Willem's father, Oubaas, who was skilled in mechanics, built the first Rooibos machine harvester in the country. Under Willem's leadership, Groenkol broke away from Rooibos Ltd and became one of the first Rooibos Estates to sell its tea on the international market.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 46 –48 (2016)More Less
Farmers Kabelo and Matshidiso Mooketsi had no previous agricultural knowledge before they began working on a communal farm in 2008. Despite a lack of experience and a difficult introduction to the sector, they persisted and now run an award-winning mixed livestock operation in North West. Wayne Southwood visited them on their farm.
Author Grant PringleSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 50 –51 (2016)More Less
Author Bill KerrSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
The trend nowadays is to feed the soil and not the crop. This helps to avoid imbalances and over-fertilising, which is wasteful and may result in lower yield and other problems. The first step is to carry out a soil analysis and then add the elements that are lacking; this helps to create a balance in the soil. Thereafter, add nitrogen according to the crop's requirements; this will vary considerably from crop to crop and depend on climatic conditions as well as factors such as leaching.
Author Mike CordesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
The latest South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) crop estimate makes for interesting reading, and reminds me once again of just how complex the fresh produce business can be. SATI's third crop estimate for the 2015/2016 season gives updated figures for four of the five main production regions (Orange River, Olifants River, Berg River and Hex Valley). In each case, the figure is lower than the previous estimate. The numbers highlight the impact of the weather and other factors on production.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 72 –73 (2016)More Less
In the late sixties, Clynton Collett was introduced to the Boran breed in Zambia. He watched the development of the breed with great interest and was naturally pleased when it was brought to South Africa. Clynton says the Boran offered him the complete package he was looking for and the opportunity to strengthen desirable traits through performance recording and scientific selection. Breed traits include a strong herd instinct, resistance and tolerance to many African diseases, the ability to gain condition rapidly and resilience in times of drought and grazing shortages. "Some of the other indigenous African breeds also possess many of these traits but they lack the growth and muscle needed to offer an acceptable animal to the market," he explains. His aim is to select the most profitable animals that will add value to the business.