Good riddance to 2016

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Finally, we have come to the end of a year that has tested farmers in this country like no other year before, and I am reminded of the poet, Robert Frost, who said, “in three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

Drought conditions

I hear that some of our table grape farmers have had one of the best years ever and in some of the dry regions the rain came just in time. But, other farmers haven’t been that lucky, and are still looking up at the sky, waiting, hoping and praying.

One thing is for sure, agriculture in this country will never be the same again. These hard times have brought about fundamental changes that will leave our farmers better prepared for the next drought.

To every farmer who supported Farmer’s Weekly this year by welcoming our journalists onto your farm, answering our many questions, and, of course, buying the magazine, thank you for making it possible for us to continue serving agriculture in this country as we have for the past 105 years.

And on a personal note, thank you to the Farmer’s Weekly team for the care and tireless effort each one of you puts into telling the stories that will remind future generations of farmers that they owe it all to those who came before them.

To all our readers, I pray that you have a peaceful time of rest in the company of those you love. But most of all, I pray for rain to saturate Africa’s parched earth.