Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2016, Issue 16019, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 16019, 2016
Author Denene ErasmusSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
I was shocked, but not altogether surprised, to learn recently that farmers' incomes worldwide have remained significantly lower than the average income in most sectors, often by as much as 50%. This does not bode well for the future, considering that farmers must produce enough food to meet the needs of a fast-growing and demanding world population. And in order to achieve this, they will have to farm sustainably, using fewer resources to produce more, while facing extreme climate volatility.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 6 –7 (2016)More Less
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 14 –24 (2016)More Less
Cotton production not meeting demand
Wool bounces back
Scale insect threatens SA's rare cycad species
New initiative supports small-scale farmers and consumers
KZN agricultural budget draws mixed reactions
Multi-user facility to boost agro-processing industry
Macadamia forecast down but demand remains strong
Groundnut producers need better cultivars to stay in business
Spending on agriculture a priority in Ethiopia
USDA will not regulate gene-altered mushrooms
SAPS prioritising farm attacks
SA Stud Book mentor breeder winner
Police and farmers tackle livestock theft
Fertiliser prices drop as rand strengthens
Zambian farmers 'must diversify'
Zimbabwe reverses ban on trade of quail birds and eggs
Harare permits farm takeover
Several AHS cases detected in revised containment zone
South African citrus industry eyes India
CBS-infected citrus to be allowed into the EU for juicing
Author Lloyd PhillipSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Author Peter HughesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Author Nicholas JamesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
SA's dire need for agricultural insurance subsidies : bottom line - agricultural insurance subsidiesAuthor Wilma Den HartighSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 32 –33 (2016)More Less
The Land Bank is urging government to implement index-based insurance to support farmers facing the multiple risks associated with climate change and disease outbreaks. Mpumi Tyikwe, the Land Bank Insurance Company's managing director, argues that South Africa will struggle to remain food secure should the state not assist.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 34 –35 (2016)More Less
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 36 –38 (2016)More Less
South Africa expects reviews from Fitch and Standard & Poor in the coming weeks. Will we maintain our status or be downgraded to sub-investment status? If we are downgraded, capital outflows will follow and as the rand weakens we may see a rand-dominated government debt. Credit to the private sector will thus be reduced, and business confidence will deteriorate. Corporate profits will fall and household debt levels and the financing costs thereof will increase.
Author Michael CordesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Author Mike BurgessSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 42 –45 (2016)More Less
In 2015, Flippie Kotze and his son, Walter, sold a Brangus bull for a SA record price of R500 000 at the National Brangus Sale in the Free State. Mike Burgess visited the Kotze family farm, Swartfontein, in the Aliwal North district of the Eastern Cape, to find out more about the Twee Plus Brangus stud's recipe for success.
Author Lloyd PhillipsSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 48 –50 (2016)More Less
Author Bill KerrSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Integrated pest management (IPM) combines various methods to control pests. The system has not been exploited by growers as well as it might have been as it demands more knowledge, experience and crop inspection than simply spraying according to a set programme. And, of course, a set programme suits chemical companies better because more insecticide is used.
Author Mike CordesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
The trust relationship between producer and market agent is the oil that lubricates the fresh produce engine. But it takes time and effort from both parties to make that oil flow smoothly and work its way through the system. What happens, then, when the trust is broken by the producer? What are the ramifications for his business?
Author Joe SpencerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 58 –59 (2016)More Less