Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2016, Issue 16016, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 16016, 2016
Author Denene ErasmusSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Last week, I wrote about the crucial role that the development of rural infrastructure plays in creating the type of living environment that would attract young people to a career in farming. Since farming operations are located mostly within rural economies, it seems logical to assume that growth and development of the agricultural sector would be a catalyst for rural development. However, research carried out by the University of the Western Cape's Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) has shown that there is not necessarily a direct correlation between agricultural development and inclusive rural economic growth and job creation. What matters is the manner in which agricultural development is achieved.
Author Willem De Chavonnes VrugtSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 6 –7 (2016)More Less
The day the agricultural sector in South Africa is fully transformed will be a proud day indeed. We want to see a stable and profitable agricultural sector. South Africa needs black commercial farmers. The poor in rural areas need to be empowered, and household food security is essential. To achieve stability, the industry needs to become more inclusive. But we need to change the current manner in which we transfer skills and educate new farmers. Radical land reform, as included in the current Green Paper on Land Reform, is not the answer. It seems as if some of the proposals in the Green Paper are based on the negative perceptions that all farmers are rich and refuse to 'share', and that farm workers are cruelly treated.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 12 –21 (2016)More Less
Wool demand shifting from China to Europe
Mohair market falls on currency stabilisation and availability
The Eastern Cape's neglected cattle grids
BEE only benefits minority, according to IRR survey
Support for Sapa's egg organisation dwindles
Overberg planting forecast augurs well
Livestock farmers seek sequestration of 'Ponzi' estate
Key corridor now protected
Least profitable season for US farmers
Rwandan honey exports to EU at risk
Double digit growth in US organic market
Bill could hamper livestock industry
SA closer to exporting avos to US
SA to export directly to Port of Jakarta
SA closer to exporting avos to US
Cotton production down 44%
Africa is failing to encourage young people to choose farming
AGCO to train1 000 mechanics for Southern Africa in Zambia
Drought forces Namibian farmers to sell cattle for 'next to nothing'
Author Wilma Den HartighSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 24 –25 (2016)More Less
For hydroponic farming to be profitable, close attention must be paid to crop management and water use efficiency. The good news is that tunnel farmers can improve these aspects of production without extensive capital outlay, according to Herbert Stolker, a consultant for Dutch hydroponic advisory company, Delphy. Stolker, who specialises in tomato, pepper and cucumber production, was a speaker at the recent Undercover Farming Conference and Expo in Johannesburg.
Author Koos CoetzeeSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
In the third quarter of 2015, the global economy grew by 3,5%. This dropped to 1,9% in the fourth quarter. Weaker economic conditions in China, India and Russia resulted in a sharp decrease in growth in developing economies. Slower growth in the US and Japan resulted in slower growth in developed markets. In the Euro area, growth slowed down slightly towards the end of 2015. According to the European Central Bank, the downside risk to growth in the Euro area has increased. Weaker conditions in emerging markets, increased market volatility and geopolitical risk are the main reasons for the pessimistic outlook. Developing economies are also not expected to perform well. In China, growth moderated to 6,7% in the final quarter of 2015 from the 7,1% achieved in the third quarter. This reflected the rebalancing of the Chinese economy away from investment and manufacturing to consumption. Growth in India plummeted from 10,4% in the third to -1,2% in the fourth quarter of 2015. The recession in Brazil continues.
Author Peter O'HalloranSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
According to Section 18A of the Income Tax Act, a tax deduction is allowed for a donation to a public benefit organisation (PBO) that meets certain criteria, as long as the donation is limited to 10% of the taxable income, excluding certain types of income per Section 18A(1)(c)(B). A PBO, as defined in Section 30, must be a non-profit company under the Company's Act, a trust or an association of persons. Its main aim must be the carrying out of one or more public benefit activities, where the activities are undertaken with philanthropic or altruistic intent and do not benefit (directly or indirectly) the financial self-interest or any fiduciary (director or trustee) or employee, otherwise than by the provision of reasonable remuneration.
Author Nicol Du ToitSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Recently, Eskom announced that it had succeeded in synchronising Unit 4 at Ingula - South Africa's brand-new pump storage scheme - to the national grid. This was accompanied by the usual fanfare. Ingula, however, is a net user of energy, and does not provide any baseload power. It takes advantage of the cheaper energy available at night to pump water from the lower dam to the higher dam. During peak times, this water is used to generate electricity, hence the moniker, 'pump storage scheme.' In my opinion, pump storage schemes are used for load shifting, and should not be seen as generation.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 30 –32 (2016)More Less
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 34 –36 (2016)More Less
Zambia's ban on maize exports has been lifted, following an audit of maize stocks in which it emerged that the country has sufficient supplies to last until August this year. Zambian officials recently suspended maize exports due to concerns that high local prices were the result of exports and the smuggling of grain to neighbouring countries, leading to insufficient supplies for local consumption. It is expected that Zambia will produce 2,4 million tons of maize this season.
Author Jay FerreiraSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 38 –40 (2016)More Less
When Fan Olivier bought his farm Houdconstant in Porterville valley in 2000, he decided to restructure it and make it more efficient. Today, he runs 15 separate farming and related activities on 180ha of the 570ha farm. Much of the farm consists of a mountain which is not arable, but the land in use is made up of various soil types and has a good water supply.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 42 –45 (2016)More Less
The Schefermann family has been farming beef cattle in South Africa for four consecutive generations. So, when the decision was made to change from the more conventional two- way crossbreeding system to a three-way system for the farm's commercial beef enterprise, it was based on sound knowledge and principles gathered first- hand over many decades. Alford Farms, a 1 294ha mixed farming business in KwaZulu-Natal, is run by Neville Schefermann, who bought the farm from his father Trevor in 2014. However, Neville had been running the farm himself since 2012. Situated near Vryheid, the farm consists of 148ha commercial white maize, 14ha yellow silage maize, 609ha sourveld natural grazing, 108ha kikuyu pasture for grazing and forage, 20ha Eragrostis curvula pasture for hay production, and 20haBrazseed pasture for grazing and baling. All are dry land crops.
Author Glenneis KrielSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 46 –48 (2016)More Less
Brother-and-sister team, Paul and Karin Cluver of De Rust Estate near Elgin in the Western Cape, are renowned not only for top quality fruit and wine, but for a novel approach to production. Paul, who is managing director, and Karin, the production manager, utilise a range of the latest technological innovations on their farm, which consists of 140ha of apples and pears, and 80ha of vineyards.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Author Mike CordesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
In the previous issue, I wrote about justice being done when a market agent, Vian Coleske, was sent to prison for fraud affecting producers and others. Justice was eventually served. But there's a flip side. To commit his crimes, a fraudster such as Coleske usually needs an accomplice or somebody who 'looks the other way.'
Author Joe SpencerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 54 –55 (2016)More Less
With an eye on boosting productivity through mechanisation, agricultural equipment supplier Rovic Leers has identified the three most important areas in pecan production as harvesting, spraying and tree structure management. Pecans have become so valuable that it is crucial to prevent losses through poor collection. Preventing a 5% crop loss can mean an improvement of up to R600 000 in revenue per annum in a 50ha orchard producing 3t/ha.
Author Mike BurgessSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 68 –69 (2016)More Less
Disease resistance and ease of calving were my main reasons, says Stephen Johnson, when asked why he introduced Boran genetics to his beef enterprise about a decade ago. Today, the 2 600ha Edendale farm near Fort Beaufort and an adjacent 1 500ha rented land, both consisting of sweet but virulent heart water veld, are home to a stud of 51 Boran cows producing sought-after genetics, as well as 250 commercial F1and F2 Boran cows that achieved a 100% calving rate in 2015.