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2020: A Recovery Year For South Africa’s Farming Sector
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic pushing South Africa’s economy to the steepest contraction since the early 1990s, 2020 may be remembered as one of the best years for the farming sector. South Africa’s GDP contracted 51% in the second quarter of 2020, w
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Economists Unpack COVID-19 Relief Fund Allocation
Government’s response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agriculture sector, and the measures implemented to cushion these effects, came under the spotlight during an Agri in Motion session at Nampo Virtual, which was held from 9 to 12 Sep
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Fast Facts
• Tebogo Ditsebe owns and manages a 48ha wine grape and raisin farm in the Free State. • She designed her own wine label; her brand name Botébo’ is the Sotho word for ‘depth’. • She ventured into raisin production earlier this year. She will be the
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5 HIGHLIGHTS for Nick Norman
With the launch of his new book, Farmer’s Weekly asked geologist Nick Norman for a few highlights on his busy life. Norman in turn revealed he had sought help from the magazine in the past; he used it to find a farm in Franschhoek and even to search
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Weekly Quotes
‘THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR HAS TO EMBRACE TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS’ – President of the Drakensberger Cattle Breeders’ Society of South Africa, Willie Landman, highlighting how the society’s participation in the inaugural Nampo Virtual event was “a val
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Resolving ‘Glitches’ That Hinder Agri Economy’s Growth
The agriculture sector will play a prominent role in the recovery of the South African economy, and a collaborative effort between stakeholders will be the driving force to create an effective environment. This was according to Frans Weilbach, PriceW
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Farmer Tackles Hunger And Food Wastage In The Face Of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown regulations left huge numbers of South Africans unemployed, as businesses were forced to downscale or even shut down. Numerous families found themselves destitute, and food security and nutrition suddenly
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It is almost a year since the Springbok rugby team overwhelmed the nation and the world by winning the Rugby World Cup, making accomplished sports writer Burnard’s tribute timely and unexpectedly refreshing. His thoughtful but lively account reminds
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SA Suspends EU Exports From Potential Citrus Black Spot Areas
South African authorities have decided to suspend exports of certain citrus types from some of the country’s production areas to the EU market. “The objective has been to exclude potential interceptions of citrus black spot (CBS) symptomatic fruit at
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Local Soya Bean Oil Cake ‘Too Expensive’ For Western Cape Farmers
It is currently cheaper to import soya bean oil cake from Argentina to the Western Cape than to buy it in from local production areas. Dr Erhard Briedenhann, researcher at the Protein Research Foundation, said this was not a new phenomenon, but the s
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A Lean, Mean Sheep-producing Machine
At Pienaarsrivier, a grain and sheep farm near Riversdale in the Southern Cape, farm owner Kobus Horne and his sheep production manager, Dirk Liebenberg, have significantly improved production efficiency and reduced costs through their use of technol
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A business idea can grow in all sorts of ways. For Claire Tucker, the stories she told her children about a neighbour’s easily spooked Friesian horse, George, morphed into first one and then a series of four vividly illustrated children’s books. Told
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Slight Increase In SA’s Agribusiness Confidence
The latest Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI) has indicated that agribusinesses are only marginally optimistic about business conditions in South Africa. The index went up to 51 in the third quarter of 2020, after deteriorating from the 50
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Marginal Uptick In South African Wool Prices
The South African wool market performed better during the second sale of September, with a 1,1% increase in rand terms compared with the previous sale. A total of 6 881 bales were offered, of which 28% consisted of Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) cer
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Crop And Feed Production
Pienaarsrivier is a mixed farming operation; it produces sheep, as well as wheat in rotation with other crops such as canola, barley, oats, radishes, lucerne and medics. The sheep and grain production complement each another well, with low-grade grai
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Three George Collections To Be Won!
Thanks to Reach Publishers, three Farmer’s Weekly readers will each win a set of all four George titles – a wonderful gift for the young book fan in your life! TO ENTER: Email the word GEORGE and your name, physical address and ID number to farmers
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Flower Industry Struggling To Recover From COVID-19 Fallout
The production and marketing of South Africa’s cut flowers are struggling to recover from the negative impact of the COVID-19-related national and international lockdowns. According to industry insiders, while there had been some recovery since lockd
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New Stone Fruit Exporter Aims To Boost South African Exports
Exporting companies, Unlimited Group and Cape Fresh Produce, recently launched a joint venture called Icon Fruit, aimed at boosting South Africa’s stone fruit exports. Stefan du Plessis, farmer and co-owner of Cape Fresh Produce, who would be heading
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Making Lucerne Hay While Maximising Soil Health
It is a dry, late winter’s day on a farm in the Glen area, north of Bloemfontein, where a plume of dust trails the tractor carrying Freek Strauss as he plants a 30ha, pivot-irrigated lucerne land. Strauss is primarily a lucerne producer who works the
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SA Live Auction App Offers Easy Online Bidding
COVID-19 restrictions have sparked a digital revolution among livestock auctioneers worldwide, with some believing there has been a permanent shift away from traditional animal auctions. “We’ve seen the popularity of online selling peak almost overni
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Temporary Spike In Demand For Dairy Products Not Likely To Last
While demand for dairy products increased significantly during the first half of the year despite strained economic conditions, the South African Milk Processors’ Organisation has warned that this good fortune is not likely to continue. Alwyn Kraamwi
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Farmers Urged To ‘Stand Together’ To Face Challenges In SA
Farmers must become more involved in organised agriculture structures so that they can ensure the future existence of farming in South Africa. This was the message from the outgoing president of TAU SA, Louis Meintjies, during the organisation’s firs
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Growing avocados: Part 4
There are three patterns in which avocado trees can be planted in an orchard. These are: • Rectangular, which results in hedge-type tree rows; • Square, which leads to a change of direction of tree rows when thinning diagonally; • Diamond-shaped, whi
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Sold Farms
Walton Golightly lists recent farm sales as recorded by the National Deeds Office. Please note that each transaction is unique and the price may not reflect the agricultural value of the farm. Email Walton at Subject line:
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Kenyan Trade Rises Sharply As COVID-19 Restrictions Are Lifted
Imports and exports in Kenya rose significantly in July, as various countries eased COVID-19 restrictions, boosting trade activity. Month-on-month imports increased to about US$1,26 billion (about R21 billion) in July, up from US$1,1 billion (R18,33
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Poor Outlook For Barley Demand, Despite Record Harvest
Despite an anticipated record harvest this season, the barley industry could face reduced demand, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the August forecast by the Crop Estimates Committee (CEC), the malting barley crop was estimate
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Good For Humans, Harmful To Animals
A 100g serving of avocado is moderate to rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K, with good content of vitamins C and E and potassium. The human body requires vitamin K for complete synthesis of certain proteins needed for blood coagulation (hence t
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Auction Sales
• Els Borane Total Dispersal Sale, Circle C Ranches, Excelsior. On offer: four bulls and 76 female animals. Phone Fanie Els on 083 409 7381. • Pothou Sussex, Blema ba Kan Sussex and SX Sussex Joint Production Sale, Tava Lingwe Game Lodge, Vredefort.
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‘Natural’ Virus To Be Used To Fight Fall Armyworm Across Africa
A naturally occurring virus will be distributed across Africa in a bid to fight fall armyworm, which has spread to 44 countries on the continent since arriving here in 2016. An agreement has been signed to combat the pest that is decimating crops acr
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Call For Ban On ‘Cheap Imports Of Frozen Chips From Europe’
The potato industry in South Africa is under threat from “cheap European imports”, and the Potato and Vegetable Processors’ Forum has been lobbying government for a temporary ban on imports of frozen potato chips. This was due to the market condition
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