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Farmer’s Weekly
EDITOR Denene Erasmus ( MANAGING EDITOR Janine Ryan ( NEWS EDITOR Julinda Schroeder ( ART DIRECTOR Vian Roos DESIGNER Louis Kruger CHIEF COPY EDITOR Paul Sulter COPY EDITOR Fanie de
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In Brief
The coronavirus disease pandemic has hit the cashew nut sector in West Africa just as the marketing season was meant to kick off, with some farmers there leaving their crops to rot. Prices of raw cashews, already under pressure due to oversupply in t
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Farmer Support That Makes A Real Difference
How did you become involved in agriculture? My love for agriculture started at the age of 10, when I used donkeys to plough the fields, with a one-furrow plough, in my rural village near Rustenburg in North West. I did so for an elderly, entrepreneu
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Hitching The Post
I am looking for a lonely, Jewish, but not very religious, white gentleman under 64 in the Cape or Johannesburg. He must be sober, a non-smoker, financially secure, gentle, kind and generous. He must be honest, love cats and be a mensch. I love cats,
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Why SA Needs Commercial And Smallholder Farmers
“There is general consensus amongst leaders in South African business, academia, government and civil society that food security is not only an agricultural issue, but critical for the entire economy and for keeping stability and peace in the country
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Wine Industry Woes Persist As Exports Continue To Fall
While wine exports resumed following the easing of the strict national Level 5 lockdown regulations to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, wine exports continued to decline in May. This was according to figures released by
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Coping Strategies To Deal With Uncertainty
The coronavirus disease pandemic lockdowns have pulled the rug out from under millions of people, resulting in enormous financial and job uncertainties. South African farmers, however, are no strangers to uncertainty, due to constant political pressu
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Health Holistic
According to the results of a new study, obesity may complicate the outcome of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by leading to deadly blood clots in the lungs. The researchers found that obese patients with COVID-19 had three times the risk of devel
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Farmer’s Diary
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, South Africa’s National Coronavirus Command Council has announced a nationwide lockdown, resulting in many events in the Farmer’s Diary being cancelled or postponed. Farmer’s Weekly will continue t
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Challenging But Successful Pome Fruit Harvest For South Africa
South Africa’s pome fruit season kept the industry on its toes due to various challenges arising from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the South African apple and pear exporter, Tru-Cape. Roelf Pienaar, Tru-Cape’s managing di
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Fast Facts
• A farmer needs to have a passion for farming, the willingness to learn from mistakes, and the determination to keep going when things gets tough. • Risk can be reduced through planning carefully, implementing decisions efficiently, and selling at
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Butter Biscuits
Makes about 24 biscuits 250ml (1 cup) icing sugar450g of butter2 large eggs2 large egg yolks10ml (2 tsps) of vanilla extract½ tsp of salt1kg (4 cups) of flour 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2. Place the icing sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl
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Loyal readers of Farmer’s Weekly would certainly have noticed that the magazine looks different. This is because it no longer utilises a perfect bound spine, and now, instead, is bound using the saddle stich method. While Farmer’s Weekly realises tha
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Zimbabwe’s Food Shortfall Remains Despite Better Yield Estimates
While summer crop production in Zimbabwe is expected to improve significantly in the 2019/2020 season, volumes harvested are anticipated to be well below the country’s domestic requirements for the year. Since the implementation of a controversial la
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Health-conscious Consumers Drive Up Fresh Produce Prices
Market trends can be fleeting, and any business would be remiss were it to change direction and invest in fads without a clear idea about the longevity of the public’s interest. This is especially true of agriculture, where return on investment is of
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5 WAYS TO WIN: Njabulo Nkosi
Business consultant and life coach Njabulo Nkosi knows what it’s like to win and lose at business. To him, the most important card in our hand is ourselves. His first book, Inspired Success, looked broadly at qualities needed to succeed. His second,
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Plaintiff ‘Confident About Argument’ In Tobacco Ban Case
The chairperson of the Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA), Sinenhlanhla Mnguni, has expressed confidence in the arguments presented by the association’s legal team in a court case brought against government’s ongoing ban on the sale of
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Are Top-priced Genetics Really Worth It?
In 2014, a Dorper ram, Bolt, made history when Mickey Phillips sold it to Martin Compion, who farms at Lonziekvlei in the Northern Cape’s Bushmanland, for R600 000. The purchase, which took place at the Upington National Dorper Sale, represents the h
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In South Africa, the Namibian freedom struggle is often overlooked, even forgotten, but it remains vivid and meaningful to Smuts, now a long-standing Namibian judge. The chilling title of the chapter on official torture, ‘As long as I don’t kill him’
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Make Your Own Pinocchio
The national lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease has seen many people learn new hobbies to pass the time. This pattern for a Pinocchio doll is the perfect opportunity for all those sewing enthusiasts to get in some practice! Do
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Good News For Landowners Defending ‘Vexatious’ Land Claims
Two land reform legal experts say that landowners have been offered some respite following two recent precedent-setting costs orders issued against the state or its lawyers by the South African Land Claims Court (LCC). Annelize Crosby, head of Agri S
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Fast Facts
• Top genetic material is an investment in the future of a stud and can pay rich dividends. • Sales of offspring and semen bring in additional income, and the bull or ram soon pays for himself. • A purchasing consortium enables farmers to afford a
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The toll of rhinos killed by poachers continues to mount and the number of those surviving dwindles perilously low. Yet, in SAVING THE LAST RHINOS (Jonathan Ball, R295), wildlife activist Grant Fowlds and co-writer journalist Graham Spence urge those
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All Eyes On SA’s AGOA Review For 2021
This year, 24 June was the deadline for submissions for the eligibility of Sub-Saharan African countries to receive benefits under the US’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for 2021. South Africa’s position in AGOA has been tenuous since the
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COVID-19 Plays Havoc With Potato Demand And Prices
The impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on South Africa’s potato industry was evident in the lower volumes sold on fresh produce markets during both April and May, despite “normal” volumes being supplied. This was according to André
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Self-taught Worm Farmer Recycles Waste Into Compost
Vermicast (worm castings or manure) is one of the richest natural fertilisers available. It contains the nutrients nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, amongst others, and is highly beneficial to soil and plant life. Vermicast also improves soil struc
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The Impact Of COVID-19 On Global Poultry Production
The global poultry industry is going through difficult times amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, especially in some of the largest producing countries such as Brazil and the US, as well as countries in the EU. In Brazil, three large p
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Bumpy Start For South Africa’s 2020/2021 Canola Season
Farmers are anxiously waiting to see whether canola production will return to normal following the past three years of drought in major production regions. Koos Blanckenberg, Grain SA’s chairperson of the canola specialist committee, said farmers in
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