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The Weekly Wrap Podcast discusses some of the top news and articles featured in the latest edition of Farmer’s Weekly magazine, as well as the trending topics for the week on its online and social media platforms.

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12. 5 June – The Weekly Wrap

In the latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast Farmer’s Weekly editor Denene Erasmus gives listeners a preview of the top news and feature articles from the 5 & 12 June double issue of Farmer’s Weekly.

The magazine will be on shelf for the first twee weeks of June.

Top news stories in this issue include an update on the 2020 production outlook for summer grains and oilseeds, well as a discussion on the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and related trade and move restrictions on the wildlife and game industry.

Some of the features discussed by Erasmus from the issue include a profile on an Afrikaner cattle breeder, the production of sunflowers in rotation with maize in the East Griqualand region, and an agribusiness that is growing lavender and rosemary, and distilling oil from these herbs for the production of a range of value-added products.

 

11. 22 May – The Weekly Wrap

In the latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast Farmer’s Weekly editor Denene Erasmus and journalist Sabrina Dean give listeners a preview of the top news and feature articles from the 22 & 29 May double issue of Farmer’s Weekly.

The magazine will be on shelf from Monday, 18 May until the end of the month.

Top news stories in this issue include an update on the outlook for wheat supplies given certain export quotas imposed by countries in the Black Sea Region. While industry players said there was no real concern that the implementation of an export quota by a country such as Russia would affect South Africa’s ability to secure supplies, there could however be cost implications. The news section also features a profile on Dr Jeanne Tarrant of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Threatened Amphibian Programme who has just won a prestigious international Whitley Award for her amphibian conservation work.

One of the features discussed in this episode is a guest opinion piece by Roux Wildenboer, head of agriculture at Absa Corporate and Investment Banking, in which he writes that among the lessons the farming sector needs to learn from the COVID-19 crisis is that food consumption patterns will most likely change in many African countries. Due to economic hardship, it is expected that expenditure will increasingly be aimed at basic foodstuffs, and more expensive food will, on aggregate, represent a smaller portion of the expenditure basket.

Erasmus also discusses the technical crop feature in the 22 & 29 May issue which focusses on the identification, prevention and treatment of diplodia ear rot on maize.

 

10. 15 May – The Weekly Wrap

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, and journalist, Sabrina Dean, discuss the top stories featured in the 15 May issue of the magazine. Erasmus also provides an update on how the recently announced closure of Caxton Magazines will affect Farmer’s Weekly.

In this first delivery of the Weekly Wrap podcast to air after the end of the hard lockdown, listeners get a preview of the top news and feature articles from the 15 May issue of Farmer’s Weekly. The magazine is back in print and will be available for sale from Friday, 8 May.

Top news stories in this issue include an update on how changes in consumer purchasing behaviour have supported an increase in demand for canned goods, as well as a look at the latest summer grain and oilseeds crop estimates for the 2019/2020 season. A special report looks at the rise of the online livestock auctions industry in South Africa.

The features section offers readers insight into how local farmers’ over-reliance on imported agricultural inputs places the industry at risk during a time when the global supply chain has been experiencing trade disruptions.

Farmers featured in this issue include KwaZulu-Natal-based beef producer Mike Rennie who tells Farmer’s Weekly how he manages to keep in-calf cows in top condition during the winter months, and potato farmer CT van der Merwe, who implements nature-friendly farming techniques, explains how he achieves input savings and water-use savings without sacrificing yield.

 

9. Special Covid-19 Report -Smallholders – The Weekly Wrap

The focus of our special Covid-19 pandemic Weekly Wrap podcast series now turns to smallholder and emerging farmers, and the impact of Covid-19, and related restrictions on trade, on these farmers as Farmer’s Weekly speaks to Aggrey Mahanjana, group managing director of the National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation.

South Africa’s five-week long, hard lockdown will be ever so slightly eased from 1 May, when the country moves to a level-4 lockdown. In this episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast Farmer’s Weekly SA editor, Denene Erasmus discusses some of the articles featured in the latest, 8 May, free digital issue of Farmer’s Weekly. The magazine, (which can be read here) features an article on the financial assistance available for farmers affected by COVID-19, an article on macadamia production with advice to help farmers achieve better crack-out, as well as a story explaining on how livestock farmers can rebuild their herds and veld, as well as recover financially, after a drought.

The podcast also includes an interview that Farmer’s Weekly journalist Sabrina Dean conducted Aggrey Mahanjana, group managing director of the National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation. The conversation highlights how a lack of technology and other challenges specifically impact farmers in deep rural areas when it comes to being able to continue selling, or even apply for government aid during times of crisis, such as has been experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic and related national lockdown.

 

8. Special Covid-19 Report – Agribusiness part 2 of 2 – The Weekly Wrap

In this second part of a special two-part edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, in an interview with Farmer’s Weekly journalist Sabrina Dean, explains in more detail how the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and related restrictions have affected various farming industries and agribusinesses.

Listen to this second part of Farmer’s Weekly journalist, Sabrina Dean’s interview with Agbiz CEO, Dr John Purchase, for Farmer’s Weekly’s special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast series. The discussion is a continuation of the first part of this interview (listen to Episode 7) in which Purchase discusses how the national lockdown has been impacting agribusinesses, the food system and the agriculture value chain. This second part of the interview also explores expectations for the coming months, the importance of foreign currency earnings from exports for the economy, and the state of confidence among agribusinesses.

 

7. Special Covid-19 Report – Agribusiness part 1 of 2 – The Weekly Wrap

In this special two-part edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Farmer’s Weekly journalist Sabrina Dean speaks to Dr John Purchase, CEO Agbiz, about how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected agribusiness and food supply in South Africa.

In this fourth installment of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast series Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, brings us the good news that despite the lockdown further delaying printing of the magazine, the team has decided to publish the 1 May and 8 May editions for free, online, on multiple digital platforms.

Erasmus shares a rundown of some of the features to look forward to in the 1 May issue.

Sabrina Dean speaks to Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, about some of the interventions by agribusiness leaders prior to- and during the lockdown aimed at keeping agricultural supply chains fully operational.

Purchase also talks about the state of food security in South Africa and about the impact of the lockdown on agricultural exports.

Listen to Episode 7 for part two of the interview.

 

6. Specia Covid-19 Report – Fresh Produce – The Weekly Wrap

In this special edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast by Farmer’s Weekly SA, Sabrina Dean speaks to Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of the RSA Group, about the new normal for fresh produce markets and market agents during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. We also hear from Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, about news making headlines in the world of farming.

In this third episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast Farmer’s Weekly SA editor, Denene Erasmus again highlights news and information relevant to the sector and the public at large during this critical period. She also shares a quick update on some of the top news articles up on the Farmer’s Weekly website.
The podcast also focuses on how the lockdown has affected trade of fresh produce. Sabrina Dean speaks to Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of the RSA Group, one of the major fresh produce agents operating across South Africa. They discuss the direct impact of the lockdown, the relevance of fresh produce markets in ensuring food security in the country, and they also touch on possible silver linings

 

5. Special Covid-19 Report – Labour – The Weekly Wrap

In this second episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast Farmer’s Weekly SA editor, Denene Erasmus again highlights how the publication has adapted to keep readers up to date with news and information relevant to the sector and the public at large during this critical period. She also shares a quick update on some of the top news articles up on the Farmer’s Weekly website.

This episode focusses mainly on regulations to be adhered to by farmers and farmworkers, as essential service providers, during the lockdown. Sabrina Dean speaks to the policy head of Agri SA’s Labour and Development Centre of Excellence, Jahni de Villiers about workplace health and safety and issues that farmers must be aware of during the lockdown and explains in particular how farmers need to manage the transport of workers during this time.

 

4. Special Covid-19 Report – Citrus – The Weekly Wrap

In this first episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast series Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, gives an update on how the publication has adapted to keep readers up to date with news and information relevant to the sector, and the public at large, during this critical period. Despite not being able to print the magazine during April, Farmer’s Weekly has increased the volume of new content being published on the website, and the team is working hard to keep our audience up to date and informed.

This episode takes a look at the R20-billion per annum domestic citrus industry, which is just gearing up for the 2020 harvest season. Sabrina Dean speaks to CEO of the Southern African Citrus Growers’ Association, Justin Chadwick.

 

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The Farmer’s Weekly podcast, The Weekly Wrap, is hosted by Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus. Regular guests include Sabrina Dean, Julinda Schroeder, Janine Ryan and Sindira Chetty. The podcast is produced and edited by Vian Roos, with additional programming assistance from Pieter Dempsey.