Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2016, Issue 16011, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 16011, 2016
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Agritourism is by no means a new concept, but it is perhaps a business opportunity that too few South African farmers have seriously considered. One does not need to own an historic Cape wine farm or a 'Big Five' game farm to present an attractive breakaway option for visitors.
Author William BondSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 6 –7 (2016)More Less
The first national analysis of the potential climate change impact on South Africa's diverse flora and fauna was carried out in the late 1990s. In it, it was projected that the western half of the country would become much hotter and drier, and the succulent Karoo biome, and the northern half of the fynbos biome, would all but disappear. These predictions were so catastrophic that the potential climate change impact on biodiversity began to be explored worldwide.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 16 –24 (2016)More Less
Good season for stone fruit despite drought
Where's the water?
SA market for US chicken was never illegally blocked - Lovell
Drought and oversupply in chicken hit RCL's profitability
Future of food looks dim
Mycotoxin risk in developing countries
Canada investing in cattle genomics
Wildlife poisoning 'definitely increasing' in SA's protected areas
Fire causes millions in damages for Prince Albert farmers
Look out for the red-billed quelea
SA cotton crop expected to drop by 8 000t
Poor exchange rate, low interest rate disrupt SA markets
Meet Grain SA's new chairperson from Hennenman
Agricultural sector needs to fortify crucial relationships
SA needs an 'Agridesa' to avoid food insecurity
South African society must unite to avoid potential food crisis
KZN sugar industry gets a transformation boost
KZN's mandatory 15% water cut not enough - Kwanalu
Author Glenneis KrielSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 28 –29 (2016)More Less
Rising production costs make it tempting for producers to buy sub-standard cartons. Packaging is generally seen as an area where savings can be made, according to Dawid Groenewald, a researcher from Citrus Research International's Post Harvest Technical Forum. "It's relatively easy to calculate how much money you've spent on packaging. For example, if you pay R10/carton, and export a million cartons, your annual packaging cost will be R10 million. This makes packaging a far more attractive cost saving option than fuel, transport, handling or pre- cooling," Groenewald said. He warned that cutting corners with packaging could cost more in the long term than buying a good quality carton. Inferior packaging could have a negative impact on fruit quality and result in costly repackaging or even product rejection.
Author Peter HughesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Do you have a business plan? Do you update it annually? How far ahead does it run? One year, five years, 10 years? If it's only one year, then it's not a business plan, it's a budget.If youâ??re reading this, you are probably doing at least some planning - perhaps a daily meeting, or a weekly or monthly get-together to decide who needs to do what by when. These are essential activities, but it's fairly easy to see what will happen in the day, week or month ahead. When you try to look further ahead, things get murkier. Yet it's the decisions you take for the longer term that can make or break your business.
Author Nicholas JamesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
A series of alarming publications concerning the safety of tilapia consumption has recently surfaced on the Internet. Some of these supposedly 'healthy nutrition' sites are spreading unfounded rumours based on half truths and disinformation. Tilapia are claimed to be "more dangerous for your health than some of the more notorious meats such as pork and beef". These accusations are directed at the entire industry and do not distinguish between different production systems or locations.
Author Jacqui TaylorSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Agritourism can be defined as a niche tourism sector that appeals to visitors looking for a genuine farm experience. The scope of activities is wide, ranging from farm accommodation to harvest festivals and on-farm sales, such as a 'pick-your- own' farm experience. Usually agritourism provides an additional source of income for farms while allowing the enterprise to continue operating at the same time.
Author Jan Van ZylSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 34 –35 (2016)More Less
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 36 –38 (2016)More Less
Adding to the many factors currently having a direct impact on the input costs of agricultural production, is the price of crude oil. The price is expected to remain bearish in the short term but will pick up in the second quarter of 2016. In addition, the weakening rand will continue to add to this burden. Brent crude oil is expected to trade at US$30/barrel (about R460/barrel) in the first quarter, but will increase to US$43/barrel (R660/barrel) by the end of the year.
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AVOCADOS (South African Avocado Growers' Association- SAAGA) The quantity of avocados sold by retailers is increasing, with local early season fruit starting to reach the shops. Prices remain high at this stage, however. As supplies increase further, prices should decrease fairly rapidly, according to Clive Garrett, marketing manager for ZZ2.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 40 –41 (2016)More Less
Maurice and Celesté Leonard's farm, Rietfontein Boerdery, is a mixed farming operation - cattle, game and maize - near Heidelberg in Gauteng. In 1990, Maurice and Celestè decided to turn an old building on the farmin to a holiday cottage for their own use. But they soon realised that it was next to impossible to have a break on their own farm - they were simply drawn back into work all the time. "We told friends that we had a house they could use for getaway weekends," says Maurice. A short while later, they met someone who organised farm weekends.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 46 –48 (2016)More Less
The Dexter breed is well established in South Africa. Often referred to as 'beefy little milkers', these small bodied cattle thrive in environments varying from semi-arid to subtropical and in systems ranging from smallholdings to large extensive farms. Its dual-purpose nature and strong maternal traits has assured the Dexter cow a role as foster mother for calves or lambs. As a physically small breed, the Dexter is ideal for smallholders who want to produce milk, butter, and cottage cheese as well as meat for home consumption. Boosted by the Back to the Land movement, it is also a source of manure for organic vegetable production. It is easily kept, handled and transported without the need for specialised vehicles or facilities. In some places, such as Namibia, Dexters are farmed extensively in commercial beef operations. The Dexter has excellent potential for crossbreeding.
Author Johan VoslooSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 50 –52 (2016)More Less
In 2012, the CEO of a large commercial dairy operation in western Michigan in the US, Wendell van Gunst, was invited by Partners Worldwide (PW) to travel to northern Uganda to study the local dairy environment. PW, a faith-based NGO, works in 27 countries where unemployment and poverty affect communities, and links up businesspeople with local entrepreneurs. Wendell's company, Country Dairy, is a family-owned dairy business where 1 400 Holsteins cows are milked three times per day, and about 1 400 replacement heifers are raised. The operation also has a milk processing and bottling plant where cheese, ice cream and other retail dairy products are manufactured. Embryo flushing is utilised to improve herd genetics, and bulls and heifers are sold to the local dairy industry. South African-born Johan Vosloo is the herd manager at Country Dairy. Prior to moving to the US, he worked extensively as a dairy extension officer in the Humansdorp and Tsitsikamma region for the then department of agriculture in the Eastern Cape.
Author Gerhard UysSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 54 –57 (2016)More Less
Five Mpumalanga apple farmers have pooled their resources to establish their own pack house, but each producer is independently responsible for producing a quality product in the orchard. Producers Jan Grey and Ryk Pretorius spoke to Gerhard Uys about the advantages of this operating model.
Author Bill KerrSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Author Joe SpencerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Monsanto South Africa has purchased two 17-row Monosem precision vacuum planters, two three-row planters and two Case IH Magnum 290 tractors fitted with dual tyres front and rear. The 17-row unit, currently unique in South Africa, plants male and female seeds simultaneously. Previously,two separate planters were required to plant male and female rows, with the female seed being planted first. "We can now interplant the male between the female seed rows, giving a female area of 100%. With the traditional system, we achieved only 83%," says Lukie van der Merwe, manager: field cultivation equipment for Monsanto.