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The farmer’s weekly team gives their opinions on all aspects of the farming, sparking conversation and providing insights.

Creating a ‘virtuous circle’

Former state president FW de Klerk recently presented a lecture on the state of African governance at the University of Pretoria. De Klerk evaluated Africa's performance since the establishment of Nepad six years ago.
Issue date:23 March 2007

What’s happened to after-sales service?

Following a Farmer's Weekly article about trading in 'grey' tractor parts, Roelof Bezuidenhout writes that warnings about the risks associated with cheap imported engines could pale into insignificance against the damage that poor after-sales service from local suppliers does to a client's confidence and patience.
Issue Date 16 March 2007

SA’s petroleum industry calling the shots on biofuels

Fanie Brink, managing director of Biofuels Industry Development, said at a recent biofuels conference that the Draft Biofuels Industrial Strategy mainly caters for the requirements of the local petroleum industry to the exclusion of role-players such as feedstock and biofuels producers.
Issue Date: 9 March 2007

What’s going down the tubes?

Agri Africa Trust has in the past been forced to sell grain at a 'take it or leave it' price due to some silo companies mixing grain grades and thereby jeopardising the original security certificate. Managing director Jaco de Villiers says the organisation has now committed itself to stop these grain 'tricksters' in their tracks. Issue date: 23 February 2007