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Volume 2, Issue 12, 2016
Author Hugo LochnerSource: FarmBiz 2 (2016)More Less
The local agricultural sector is not ready to defend itself against negative publicity from abroad. This has been the only conclusion I could draw after witnessing the manner in which the wine industry scrambled to put out fires after the release of the controversial documentary film on the South African wine industry, Bitter Grapes, in Sweden and Denmark in October this year.
Source: FarmBiz 2, pp 4 –5 (2016)More Less
Become a Zesprineur
Vasari completes KWV acquisition
Announcement of new crop solutions
BathoPele scoops award for agricultural training
BKB leads in agri enterprise development
Nitrogen industry faces long-term oversupply
Agricultural drones cleared for take-off
Rover Tours will show you the world
New thinking for animal feed industry
Source: FarmBiz 2, pp 6 –9 (2016)More Less
Whether you are a producer or an exporter, doing agribusiness in China offers great opportunities. The People's Republic of China (PRC) is a vast country with an ever-growing population. Although the East Asian nation is a large producer of food, it still imports substantial volumes of agricultural products. Their fruit and vegetable imports, in particular, present lucrative markets for South African producers and exporters to benefit from.
Author Ian NkalaSource: FarmBiz 2, pp 10 –11 (2016)More Less
As the average rainfall in Zimbabwe has continued to decline in recent years, government has been encouraging farmers in marginal regions to switch to growing small grains. Farmers across the country tend to favour maize cultivation, but frequent droughts regularly decimate the crop, leaving them facing hunger and financial ruin. Instead of maize, the government is promoting the cultivation of millet and sorghum in the drier regions, but farmers do not seem keen to make the transition.
Author Wandile SihloboSource: FarmBiz 2 (2016)More Less
Rarely has a medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) generated as much interest as the one of 26 October 2016 - and rightly so. Amid continued sluggish and deteriorating economic growth, and increased demands on the fiscus for 'free' higher education, drought and other support for the agricultural sector, social welfare, a nuclear power programme and more, finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and the National Treasury have had a challenging task balancing expenditure with lagging tax revenue.
Source: FarmBiz 2, pp 14 –15 (2016)More Less
Some time ago I was addressing livestock producers at a farmers' day in the North West province on the challenges faced today. After my presentation, and without addressing this particular issue, one of the producers stood up and posed the following question: "How are we going the save our rural towns from their current downfall in terms of the economy, infrastructure, high unemployment levels and closing schools and businesses?"
Author Carin VenterSource: FarmBiz 2, pp 18 –19 (2016)More Less
"Every house needs foundations if it is going to stand. And where we can roam free ..." These lyrics from musician Kirsty Macleod's song 'Foundations' ring true with regard to taking care of our natural resources and products - as it is practised by the dairy farm, Sundale.
Author Charlie ReinhardtSource: FarmBiz 2, pp 21 –25 (2016)More Less
Author Lior PelegSource: FarmBiz 2 (2016)More Less
Although drip irrigation has been a common practice in many parts of the world for over 30 years, it is rare in South African maize production. Netafim, the global leader in drip irrigation for over 50 years, has launched four maize irrigation trial sites in the country for the 2016/2017 season. Sites have been selected in the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Gauteng.
Residence on farms - proactive management of conflict related to the keeping of animals : the law minuteAuthor H.J. MoolmanSource: FarmBiz 2 (2016)More Less
The time when cattle exchanged hands only for their meat and hides, is long gone. Just like meat and other livestock products, genetics has become a very expensive and highly tradeable commodity. It has also, in some respects, become the difference between financial survival and ruin.
Author Annelize CrosbySource: FarmBiz 2 (2016)More Less
Author Des Van HeerdenSource: FarmBiz 2, pp 30 –33 (2016)More Less
Local and international scientists have expressed concern over the incorrect use of insecticides, in particular the diamide group. This misuse leads to widespread insect resistance. The Diamide Working Group focusses on insect resistance to this chemical group and forms part of the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) in South Africa.
Author Koos Du PisanieSource: FarmBiz 2, pp 38 –39 (2016)More Less
The largest, most spectacular and flamboyant livestock summit in Europe, the Sommet de l'Élevage, again took centre stage in France in October this year. The summit was hosted in Clermont-Ferrand, the livestock mecca of France. During the summit a total of 750 beef animals, 550 dairy animals, 400 sheep and 300 horses were on show or in competition. Every show or competition was presented with spectacular flair and every breeder had more than enough reason to proudly participate.
Source: FarmBiz 2, pp 40 –41 (2016)More Less
The price data for selected agricultural products for the third quarter (Q3) of 2015 and the second (Q2) and third quarters of 2016 are presented in the following tables. The average monthly price for the months in the quarter as well as the average quarterly prices are calculated for each product. The percentage change in the last column of each table reflects the change in the average quarterly price from the corresponding quarter to the third quarter of 2016.
Source: FarmBiz 2 (2016)More Less
Source: FarmBiz 2 (2016)More Less
Author Pieter Du PlessisSource: FarmBiz 2 (2016)More Less
Every business has its competitors and while market analysis is not necessarily a new practice, today's key players are constantly searching for ways to fine-tune their expertise. The fact is that instead of turning to whom it is competing with, a company should be focussing on whom it is competing for.