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

Will SA’s aquaculture industry float?

Yolan Friedmann, deputy CEO and conservation manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, warns that SA must radically change its attitude towards overexploitation of its fishing stocks if it wants to save them.

Wake up, South Africa, to farming the French way

The French display an overwhelming support for their farmers, which is in stark contrast to the overall treatment of SA's commercial farmers. State policies are crippling the sector responsible for feeding 45 million South Africans, and TAU SA says our government could learn from the French. TAU SA general manager Bennie van Zyl explains. Issue date 15 June 2007

Structural changes on the cards

On 21 February at Pannar's Crop Extravaganza near Delmas, Mpumalanga, Ernst Janovsky, head of agriculture at First National Bank, gave two sessions of about 100 farmers each, insight into agricultural market dynamics and explained the predicted structural changes and management actions needed to be globally competitive

Get a grip on Aids in agriculture

Reminding us that more than 500 000 South Africans could die of Aids this year, Victor Thindisa of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Limpopo looks at the pandemic's effect on household farm labour in rural communities.

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