Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2016, Issue 16009, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 16009, 2016
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Working for Farmer's Weekly, I am often asked whether I think there is a future for farming in South Africa. My short answer is that there simply has to be because without agriculture, South Africa has no future. But the reality of the situation is far more complex and uncertain.
Author Lloyd PhillipsSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 6 –7 (2016)More Less
Land reform tops the list of priorities affecting South African agriculture, given the current policy environment in which the sector operates. Dr John Purchase, CEO of the agricultural business chamber, Agbiz, examines current and planned developments in land reform.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 13 –27 (2016)More Less
Wool maintains solid demand
Mohair market takes off
'Green' wind turbine power
Chinese investment in African forestry takes its toll
Gordhan offers recovery plan
Marula factory to uplift northern Zululand residents
Drought and power cuts to blame for near-zero economic growth outlook
Constitutional Court victory for landless communities
Italy eyeing Africa for farm mechanisation investment
Egypt to invest in developing African agriculture
Nigeria to export rice by 2019
Billions in drought aid needed
Poor labelling causes unnecessary rejections
KZN goat farmers enthusiastic about abattoir construction
Molopo farmers hit hard by drought
Smaller chicory yield due to drought
The structure of trade relations between SA and the US after Agoa
Drones to help fight poaching in Zimbabwe
EWT and WRSA at odds over private wildlife numbers
Subsistence and smallholder farmers hardest hit by drought in Zimbabwe
Crop finance and possible food riots concern Grain SA
Residue levels on exported fruit on the rise
Vryburg Agri's farmers' day
Agricultural writers visit Farmer of the Year
Cost-effective block is top Klein Karoo vineyard
SA Mohair of 'finest' quality
Avocado growers' research symposium
Challenging times for apple growers
Author Nicholas JamesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Author Morne VenterSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
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Through a number of value-adding enterprises, Free State agribusiness VKB has created a viable downstream market for the commodities in its production area. Annelie Coleman asked Sas Kasselman, VKB Managing director of industries, to explain the thinking and the systems behind his company's value-adding drive.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 36 –38 (2016)More Less
The SA timber industry has performed well over the past 12 months, with exports reaching a record R26,3 billion and imports closing at R21,5 billion. The weakening rand and the higher prices for international wood and related products saw producers realising a year-on-year increase in producer prices of up to 21%. Production cost increases were limited to the rate of inflation. Consequently, demand for plantations and profitability supported an increase in land value of 15%.
Author Mike BurgessSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 40 –42 (2016)More Less
In 2009, Petri Snyman introduced game breeding to his Somerset East livestock operation in an attempt at vertical development. Mike Burgess visited him recently to see how the game component, spearheaded by blesbok colour variants, has transformed the earning potential of Kroonkop Farms in the Eastern Cape.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 44 –46 (2016)More Less
Author Gerhard UysSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 48 –50 (2016)More Less
Author Grant HollinsSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 52 –54 (2016)More Less
Drought in the northern Eastern Cape played havoc with this season's raspberry crop of the Berrynice Berry Company. Fortunately, a small land of strawberries planted as a trial provided a good harvest and inspired the company to continue the crop commercially. Grant Hollins met with Mandy Aukamp in Molteno to learn more about their experience.
Author Bill KerrSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
When planting lettuce, it is very important to ensure that the soil is sufficiently moist to reduce transplant shock. I often come across farmers who plant the seedlings into hot, dry soil, saying that irrigation follows close behind the planting. The problem with this practice is that the fine hair roots on the outside of the seedling plug are damaged immediately; the irrigation will come too late for them.
Author Mike CordesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
The other day, I met with two young people from the subtropical fruit sector. As we settled down around the table, they brought out their smartphones. My cellphone, in contrast, stayed firmly in my pocket - on 'silent', because when I'm in a meeting, I'm afraid the world has to wait
Author Joe SpencerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 60 –61 (2016)More Less