Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2016, Issue 16026, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 16026, 2016
Author Denene ErasmusSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
The SABC's Hlaudi (Good-news) Motsoeneng has joined the philosophical school of thought popular with political leaders such as President Jacob Zuma and EFF leader Julius Malema, which contends that if you are unfamiliar with something, it simply does not exist. For Malema, there is no such thing as an hermaphrodite (remember the Caster Semenya affair?), Zuma lives in a world where corruption does not exist (it is a "Western paradigm"), and Motsoeneng does not believe in a thing called censorship (it is an "English concept").
Author Lloyd PhilipsSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 6 –7 (2016)More Less
The world is changing substantially due to current developments in technology - and agriculture is deeply involved in these changes. While some people may disagree, evidence suggests that the education gap between the rich and the poor is rapidly closing. Smartphones are a major reason for this, as they enable their users to access and share information from across the globe. They also allow people to get in direct touch with organisations and global experts in any field, and information is thus no longer limited to schools and classroom lessons.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 15 –22 (2016)More Less
Pork exports to Namibia halted
Brexit no risk for SA-UK trade
Omnia's results positive despite drought
NSPC Aeuthanises starving pigs
Brazil set to increase agricultural trade with Kenya
Lemons are in fashion
Local poultry industry needs new approach to achieve growth
High import levels threaten local poultry industry
'Think outside the box' - SAPA
Poultry farmers must not rely on higher prices - Janovsky
Delays might cause rebuilding of SSK silos to miss deadline
PSG to increase shares in Zeder
Emissions from agriculture could rise to 37% by 2050
Agri SA will not allow unlawful expropriation - Johannes Möller
Sustainability guidelines highlighted at 73rd SA MGA congress
New commission to audit landownership
Legal dispute over Robert Moffat family farm
Author Marna SmithSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
A project aimed at furthering scientific ostrich breeding is showing impressive progress, thanks to the work of Stellenbosch University (SU) researcher Dr Marna Smith. The project involves students and staff at the university as well as members of the Western Cape department of agriculture. As part of her PhD in animal sciences from SU, Smith has established a protocol by which ostrich semen can be cooled successfully for up to two days, or stored indefinitely after freezing, until required for the AI of female birds. Further refinement of the protocol will lead to improved assisted reproduction techniques, according to a statement released by the university.
Author Koos CoetzeeSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Technology can be highly seductive, as any parent of a teenager will know. It is very easy to get so involved with technology that you neglect the other important aspects of managing a farm business. New technology usually follows what is known as the Gartner hype cycle. First, there is the trigger ' the announcement of some new advance. Then there's the hype, leading to inflated expectations about the benefits of the technology. This is followed by a period of disillusionment, when it becomes clear that the claims were vastly exaggerated. As practical ways of implementing the technology become clear and second- and third generation products appear, users begin to understand and apply the technology properly. This is followed by a plateau of productivity when the technology becomes generally accepted and starts to pay off. Precision crop farming technology and the use of GM seed have probably reached this stage. Both enable farmers to produce more efficiently. A USDA study shows savings of about R740/ha are common where yield mapping and the variable application of fertiliser and seed (variable rate technology) are used. Similar savings are found with precision feeding in intensive and pasture-based dairy herds.
Author Jacqui TaylorSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
A new voluntary, non-profit association for agritourism in South Africa is currently being registered. The aim of this body is to coordinate and speed up the growth of this industry, and its members will include farmers and businesses involved in agritourism. Initially, support will be provided online for agritourism providers. However, the goal is to create an umbrella body that will set guidelines and a code of conduct for the industry. The association will also undertake the marketing of the agritourism sector to the South African public, government and tourism bodies. Consumer education and farmer support programmes will therefore be the key focus for the remainder of this year.
Author Rumpff KrugerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Parts of South Africa have the world's best climate for growing pecan nuts (Carya illinoinensis). In an interview with Farmer's Weekly in January 2011, Philip Antrobus, pecan nut farmer and then chairperson of the SA Pecan Nut Producers' Association (SAPPA), said that pecan nut production was a lucrative industry. "Income harvested from two pecan nut trees is equivalent to that from 50t of maize," he was quoted as saying. The pecan nut industry continues to expand, as indicated by SAPPA's statistics, with 327 900 trees planted in 2013, 341 000 trees planted in 2014 and 340 000 trees planted in 2015 (source: www.sappa.za.org/information/industry-statistics). Similarly, according to Pecans SA, consumption has more than doubled since 2007, with 90% of the country's pecans exported to China. While pecans may seem like a viable business venture on which to embark, one should consider that, as with all crops, there are various factors that determine the value of the plantation. The following excerpt from Lyndon Storer's presentation, 'The story of an African pecan nut farm' presented on 23 October, 2015 in Bloemfontein at the SAIV (SA Institute of Valuers) Central Branch agri seminar, discusses some of these factors.
Author Heinz BeckedahlSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 34 –35 (2016)More Less
In 'Erosion, the cancer of agriculture' (FW, 22 Oct 2010), Lehman Lindeque, then president of the International Erosion Control Association SA, stated that the lack of soil conservation threatened SA's limited resources. Prof Heinz Beckedahl at the University of KZN's School of Environmental Science warns that the problem remains dire and more must be done to prevent erosion. Siyanda Sishuba spoke to him.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 36 –38 (2016)More Less
Following the 'Yes' vote in the UK's recent Brexit referendum, the risk for South Africa does not lie in export uncertainty, but in the volatility of the exchange rate. In the short term, the pound is expected to continue weakening against the euro, but not necessarily against the rand. The weakening pound could create an inflationary environment, which in the long term, will lead to price pressure for UK consumers and thus affect the demand for imported agricultural products.
Author Sarah NiemandSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 40 –41 (2016)More Less
When Buffeljagsbaai community leader, Sarah Niemand, returned to her hometown 15 years ago after a period in Cape Town, she was struck by the poverty and hardship that the local people, especially women, endured. This small fishing community, 35km from Gansbaai in the Western Cape, is almost entirely dependent on the sea for food security and income. Sarah wanted to utilise local resources to establish a sustainable venture that would create jobs. "We depend on the food [we harvest] from the sea to feed our families. Why not use it to our advantage to earn some money?" she asked.
Author Gerhard UysSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 42 –45 (2016)More Less
Chris Nel Snr and Jnr of Eversar Sussex stud have always had deep respect for the time-proven method of using one's eye and experience to study conformation and make judgements accordingly. At the same time, they have enthusiastically embraced the science of estimated breeding values (EBVs). Using both methods together has greatly improved their Sussex stud near Petrus Steyn in the Free State, and by extension the commercial herds of their clients. Chris Snr was a teacher until 1967, when he joined the family farming operation after his father took ill. In 1971, he established the Eversar Sussex stud and explains that the limited available land made a commercial beef herd uneconomical. To get the operation off the ground, he started small : two Sussex cows and a Sussex bull borrowed from his friend, Gerhard Gouws. Today, this father-and-son team runs a 120-cow breeding herd of registered Sussex cattle.
Author Mike BurgessSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 46 –48 (2016)More Less
"The Merino is the world champion in wool," says Goodman Ginyigazi (51). "I advise people to go straight for it." In 2004, Goodman farmed a small flock of 60 Dohne Merinos.Now, 12 years later, the former teacher has transformed his flock, and currently farms 261 pure Merinos, including 150 breeding ewes, as well as a small flock of crossbred goats. Goodman's dedication to wool production has paid off;he generates over R50 000/ year from his wool clip, and for five consecutive years (2009 to 2013) his flock received the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform's (ECDRDAR) award for the best Eastern Cape communal fine wool clip.
Author Jay FerreiraSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 50 –52 (2016)More Less
Frans and Meg Gerber bought their original 109ha farm from Meg's father's estate in 1986. They built a packhouse and signed a deal with Kenlly Farms to harvest the Knysna fern (Rumohra adiantiformis). When the contract ended less than two years later, Frans went from door to door seeking new customers. His determination paid off : he signed five contracts and the family business Forest Ferns grew from there to harvest a variety of ferns on more than 150 000ha. "Overseas clients came out to visit and suggested new products. They'd walk in the forest and see products they liked. If these were viable and sustainable, we went into commercial production," says Johan Gerber, CEO of Forest Ferns. Exposed to his parents' business since the age of 10, Johan started a freight forwarding company in 1999 that handled all the exports for Forest Ferns and other clients. Based in Port Elizabeth, he has been fully involved in the running of Forest Ferns since 2012, spending three days a week in Tsitsikamma. Forest Ferns currently employs 100 staff for its export business. Forty more employees work in the tourist arm of the business at Fernery Lodge, which boasts six luxury suites.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Germination is influenced by various factors, starting with the temperature of the growing medium. Different species have different preferences, but it's not always practical to provide the optimal germination temperature for each species if several species are grown simultaneously in relatively small volumes. In this case, aim for an average temperature that will yield satisfactory germination for the range of species - in the region of 20°C - 25°C.
Author Michael CordesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
I was delighted to read Wilma den Hartigh's interview with Deon van Zyl on tactics to achieve successful sales on markets (Farmer's Weekly, 27 May 2016). At last, here is an industry leader saying what I've been writing in my column for years. This is not about vindication, however. All that matters is to get this crucial message about good fresh produce marketing across to farmers. And Van Zyl is the ideal person to do that. He has an uncanny 'feel' for markets and how they operate. For this and many other reasons, he is highly regarded by his peers in the fresh produce sector. In the Farmer's Weekly interview, he touched on one or two issues that are well worth reiterating. For example, he mentioned the importance of regular communication between farmer and market agent. Far too many farmers don't do this, despite the fact that they entrust the agent with produce worth thousands of rands.
Author Joe SpencerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 58 –59 (2016)More Less