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Covid-19 And Its Effect On Small Food Businesses

COVID-19 has hit small- and medium-sized enterprises in South Africa’s food sector hard. Andrew Bowman, a lecturer at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and Dr Reena das Nair, a senior researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development at the University of Johannesburg, discuss some of the approaches that can be followed to better support these businesses.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 28, 2020

Minimum tillage for difficult sugar farms

55YEARS AGOFinding a way to work with your farm’s topography may be the difference between failure and success, as this farmer came to learn.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 21, 2020

Performance recording in small stock: Part 2

Incorporating record-keeping in your flock management requires planning and dedication, but the benefits will prove invaluable.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 21, 2020

Israeli technologies could boost SA agriculture

The trade office of the Israeli embassy in South Africa, together with the Fresh Produce Marketing Association’s South Africa office, jointly hosted the Virtual Agritech Roadshow to South Africa 2020. This webinar showcased several new Israeli-developed agricultural technologies. Lloyd Phillips reports on three new systems designed to improve efficiency and cut food wastage.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 21, 2020

Farmers' water rights and the law

Water is an economic enabler, and ensuring that it is used where it will have the most benefit is key to the agriculture sector and maintaining food security. However, a recent decision by the South African High Court, which confirmed that the sale and transfer of water is unlawful, has created much uncertainty about farmers’ rights in this regard, writes James Brand, senior associate of ENSafrica’s Natural Resources and Environment department.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 21, 2020

Don't throw out surplus seedlings

Seedling growers frequently end up with excess seedlings in stock. There are a number of reasons for this.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 21, 2020

A MAN OF THE PEOPLE

Popular in all respects, courteous, and with expert knowledge of the law, Francis Reitz transformed the Orange Free State into what the British regarded as a ‘model republic’, says Graham Jooste.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 21, 2020

Farm Technology On Show At New York Art Museum

Big Agriculture, Big Energy and Big Data are on display at the Guggenheim’s ‘Countryside, The Future’ exhibition, which explores the evolution of food production, as well as profound changes in rural areas.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 21, 2020

Brinjals Bring Stability For Vegetable Producer

Any farmer will tell you that there is no such thing as a perfect crop, as each has its own challenges. From a production point of view, brinjals are as easy as they come, but limited demand puts a brake on large-scale production. Theuns Kotzee, a director of AAL Boerdery in Limpopo, explained to Lindi Botha how they manage this crop.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 21, 2020

Backyard Broilers: Working Towards A Large-Scale Business

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and Emmanuel Gumede has taken this proverb to heart in his dream to one day own and operate a large-scale broiler farming operation. He shared his experiences as a fledgling broiler grower with Lloyd Phillips.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 21, 2020

Ensuring Food Safety In A Family-Run Cheesery

South Africa’s deadly listeriosis outbreak in 2018 showed how a food brand could suffer devastating consequences from shortcomings in its food safety system. The Gourmet Greek, a dairy business in KwaZulu-Natal, is taking no chances in this regard. Lloyd Phillips reports.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 21, 2020

SA vintner tests the waters in Slovenia

Looking for an investment opportunity beyond the borders of South Africa? Slovenia might just be the answer. Pieter de Waal spoke to Glenneis Kriel about part-time wine production in this beautiful Central European country.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 14, 2020

Planted pasture cuts drought risk for stud breeder

To cope with new challenges that arose during the recent drought, Johannes and Marijke Botha of Bodeel Angus Stud in the Free State decided to stop grain production and instead concentrate fully on producing beef cattle on planted pasture. Annelie Coleman reports.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 14, 2020

Nampo Virtual 2020: what participants can expect

For the first time since 1967, Grain SA’s annual Nampo Harvest Day had to be cancelled this year due to the national lockdown restrictions imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Annelie Coleman reports.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 14, 2020

BUSHMEAT HUNTING: a threat to wildlife

While popular in many African countries, bushmeat hunting and consumption is a major threat to many large species of wildlife in protected areas, write Julia van Velden et al. However, there is a solution to this problem, which requires partnership between government and communities.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 14, 2020

How To Improve Seedling Trays

As mentioned in one of my previous articles (see FW, 24 July), polystyrene seedling trays are made by heating small polystyrene beads in a mould; they expand to fill the mould and thereby form the tray. The more pellets that are placed in the mould, the denser and stronger the seedling tray.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 14, 2020

Essential Oils: A Balm For Emerging Farmers

Qobo Qobo Essential Oils, a non-profit organisation, has teamed up with South African Breweries to establish an essential oil crop venture in the impoverished Keiskammahoek area of the Eastern Cape. The project promises to become self-sustaining within a few years, writes Mike Burgess.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 14, 2020

How To Grow Healthy Food Vertically In A Small Space

An innovative vertical growing system makes it possible to grow fresh, healthy produce without owning a plot. James Dick, the inventor of the HiGro Tower Garden System, spoke to Jeandré van der Walt about his vertical-growing method.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 14, 2020

How Omnia Turned The Tide

Diversified chemicals group Omnia Holdings has rebounded. Its results for the year ended 31 March 2020 showed an operating profit of R789 million, up from R24 million in 2019. Headline earnings per share were positive, net debt was down, and R2,2 billion in cash was generated. CEO Seelan Gobalsamy, who took office last year, spoke to Sabrina Dean.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 14, 2020

Debate On Live Sheep Exports From South Africa Intensifies

Agricultural organisations in favour of live sheep exports by sea have welcomed the recent all-clear verdict of veterinary health experts on Kuwaiti export company Al Mawashi’s premises in the Eastern Cape. Meanwhile, as the controversy surrounding these live exports rages on, more organisations are expressing their opposition to the practice. Lloyd Phillips reports.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 14, 2020

Middle Class Wants Meat, But The Rich Want Alternatives

The latest 10-year agricultural outlook by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that income growth in middle-income countries will see consumers transform their diets from staples to higher-value products, such as fats and animal-based protein. Meanwhile, environmental and health concerns in high-income countries are expected to support a transition from animal-based protein towards alternative sources.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 14, 2020

Sweet potato and roasted peanut soup

Affordable and delicious, this soup will provide a hearty meal on a cold winter’s evening while delighting your taste buds. Anita Cilliers, who submitted the recipe, says the only extra it needs to be served with is a generous slice of your favourite bread.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 07, 2020

TRACEABILITY: BEYOND THE TAG

Any farmer who thinks that a tag in the ear represents a traceability system for a beef herd is far off the mark; it simply links the animal to a production unit. A farm or feedlot should have good management practices across the entire production system, writes Dr. Danie Odendaal, a veterinary herd health consultant and director of Veterinarian Network

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Farmer's Weekly
August 07, 2020

Stokvel concept offers hope to young farmers

Brought together through necessity by severe and ongoing drought, a group of farmers from Kuruman, Northern Cape, established an unusual stokvel in 2016 to assist each other with the sharing of resources. Thapelo Kgopodithate, the founder of the Makawana Farmers’ Stokvel initiative, spoke to Siyanda Sishuba about the group’s achievements.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 07, 2020

Overberg farmers unite to conserve Renosterveld

Farmers in the Overberg wheat belt are working together to conserve one of the planet’s most threatened habitats. In return, they are getting much-needed veld-management support, writes Dr.Odette Curtis-Scott, director of the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 07, 2020

No one locks this agripreneur down!

Lengau Mothiane has just signed on another 10 employees to handle the workload at his farmer support services business, Horizon Southern Group. Sabrina Dean spoke to him about his journey.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 07, 2020

New Developments In Post-Harvest Technology

Improvements in post-harvest technology have not only helped improve pack-out percentages for fresh produce growers, thus increasing profitability, but also resulted in less food waste. TOMRA, which specialises in post-harvest solutions, has debuted a number of new technologies this year

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Farmer's Weekly
August 07, 2020

Planning For Precision Irrigation

Precision irrigation requires a system designed with all your resources and production goals in mind, with the aim of ensuring optimal production.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 07, 2020

Benefits Of A Germination Room

One of the crucial factors in seedling production is achieving high and uniform germination.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 07, 2020

Canola: The Crop That Requires Perfect Planning

Melt van der Westhuizen of Moorreesburg holds the South African record for the highest canola yield ever produced. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about his production methods.

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Farmer's Weekly
August 07, 2020