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RPO sketches drought scenarios for red meat industry

RPO sketches drought scenarios for red meat industry

The Red Meat Producers Organisation (RPO) put forward two drought-related scenarios for the red meat industry: one if the drought is soon broken and one if the drought persists.

According to a RPO statement, the drought is the worst in 20 years and has severely impacted livestock numbers. Feed and water supply incurs high costs and farmers have been forced to scale down their herd sizes. It will take between three and four seasons for commercial producers to recover economically, even with normal rainfall levels.

The RPO has put forward the following two scenarios:

1. If the drought is broken and SA receives normal rainfall for the rest of the season, farmers will work hard to rebuild their herds. This will cause a supply deficit , which will influence meat prices in both the medium and longer term. Lambing and calving percentages will be lower, as female animals will not be in a good condition following the unfavourable conditions.

2. If the drought continues, more young female animals will be slaughtered, which could influence calving percentages going forward. Although producer prices will be somewhat lower, consumer prices will increase due to increased grain and feed prices and the lower supply of slaughter stock from farms.

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Day of prayer for South Africa and for rain

[:en]You are cordially invited to come and join us in prayer for our country and for rain on
Friday, 27 November 2015
From 10h00 to 12h00
(On the R30 – 20km outside Bothaville)
U word hiermee hartlik uitgenooi om saam te kom bid vir ons land en vir reën op
Vrydag, 27 November 2015
Vanaf 10h00 tot 12h00
(Op die R30 – 20km buite Bothaville)

For further enquiries please contact /
Vir verdere navrae kontak asb
Nita vd Merwe 012 816 8033 / pretoria@grainsa.co.za

Letsatsi la Afrika Borwa la go rapedisa pula
Le a lalediwa go tla kopanong ya go rapedisa pula nageng ya rona.
Labotlhano, 27 Ngwanatsele 2015
Nako: 10hoo to 12h00
Lefelo: NAMPO Park
Tseleng ya R30 – 20km kwa ntle ga Bothaville
Ga o na le dipotso o ka leletsa:
Nita vd Merwe 012 816 8033 / pretoria@grainsa.co.za
Usuku lomkhuleko sikhulekela imvula e- Mzansi Afrika
Uyamenywa ukuba uzohlanganyela nathi lapho sizobe sikhulekela izwe lethu nesomiso
Friday, 27 November 2015
From 10h00 to 12h00
(Indawo: R30 – 20 amakhilometre ngaphandle kwase – Bothaville)

ukwazi kabanzi ngalosuku, xhumana no:
Nita vd Merwe 012 816 8033 / pretoria@grainsa.co.za

Niyamenywa kusuku lomthandazo loyokucela imvula emzantsi afrika

INDAWO: NAMPO PARK (On the R30 – 20km outside Bothaville)


XA UNEMIBUZO, QHAGAMSHELANA NO: Nita vd Merwe ku: 012 816 8033/ pretoria@grainsa.co.za
[:za]U word hiermee hartlik uitgenooi om saam te kom bid vir ons land en vir reën op
Vrydag, 27 November 2015
Vanaf 10h00 tot 12h00
(Op die R30 – 20km buite Bothaville)

Vir verdere navrae kontak asb
Nita vd Merwe 012 816 8033 / pretoria@grainsa.co.za

Pesticides Not Only Way to Deal With Insects

This article is not about how to prevent ants from eating your sandwich on a picnic. But it is about mankind’s greatest competitor for our global food resource: insects. We know that insects are valuable members of the food chain and without them we would not be able to survive on earth.

With the early beginnings of formalised agriculture some 11,000 yearsago, a major socioeconomic change occurred that resulted in human population growth and development. But insects are equally if not more adaptable than humans. They too began to benefit from large homogenous plantings of food crops. We have been competing with them for food ever since.

But there are alternative control methods. A number are being developed and applied in fruit crops in South Africa. These methods have no detrimental effects on the environment. They leave no harmful residues on fruit. They promote sustainable fruit production. They are effective and target pests specifically. These methods are not new, and were already documented as early as 1500 BC.

Read the complete article here.

Unlocking SA’s full agricultural production potential

Unlocking SA’s full agricultural production and processing potential is one of the ‘Big Five’ options to accelerate growth and job creation, according to a new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report.

In the two decades since South Africans united to transform their political landscape and usher in a new democracy, the country has made remarkable progress. It has nearly doubled its GDP in real terms, lifting millions of people out of poverty and into the middle class, and expanding access to services. Yet the country remains beset by high levels of unemployment, and in recent years its growth has fallen well behind the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.

Read more here.

Dry weather in Western Cape poses serious risk to farming

[:en]Water shortages in the Western Cape could potentially have a devastating effect on the key agricultural sector, and are proving a serious concern for authorities, provincial MEC for economic opportunities Alan Winde said on Friday.

Provincial authorities are closely monitoring the unusually dry seasonal weather in some regions amid fears that farmers could lose millions due to crop failure.

The Western Cape’s main feeder dams are at their lowest average levels in 20 years, even after this year’s rainfall season, raising the possibility of water restrictions.

Read the complete article here.[:za]Watertekorte in die Wes-Kaap kan potensieël rampspoedige gevolge op die agri-sektor hê en is tans ‘n bekommernis vir owerhede, só sê die provinsiale Lid van die Uitvoerende Komitee vir ekonomiese geleenthede, Alan Winde.

Provinsiële owerhede hou die ongewone droeë weerstoestande in sekere areas fyn dop, te midde van bekommernisse dat boere miljoene kan verloor as gevolg van misoeste.

Die Wes-Kaap se hoof voedingsdam is op sy laagste gemiddelde vlak in 20 jaar, selfs ná vanjaar se reënvalseisoen. Hierdie verhoog natuurlik die moontlik van die implementering van waterbeperkings.

Lees die volledige artikel hier. [:]

Implement sales for September 2015

[:en]The 562 tractors sold during September, is 4% less than the 588 sold in September of 2014. For the year thus far, sales are down by more or less 8% in the same time span for the previous year. The 19 combines sold, is 19% more than the 16 sold in September 2014. For the year thus far, combine sales are 37% less in the same time frame of the previous year.

The danger of significant price increases for agricultural equipment is the probable incentive of the market over the short term. Farmers that are able to buy, will make use of the current decreased prices of available equipment to prepare for the forthcoming summer season.

Read the complete article here.[:za]Die 562 trekkers wat in September verkoop is, is net 4% minder as die 588 van verlede September. Vir die jaar tot dusver is verkope ongeveer 8% laer as in dieselfde tydperk verlede jaar. Die 19 stropers wat verkoop is, is byna 19% meer as die 16 in verlede September. Vir die jaar tot dusver is stroperverkope ongeveer 37% laer as in die ooreenstemmende tydperk verlede jaar.

Die gevaar van dreigende groot prysverhogings vir landboutoerusting is die waarskynlike dryfveer in die mark oor die kort termyn. Boere wat in ’n posisie is om te koop, sal teen die heersende laer pryse van die beskikbare voorraad koop om voor te berei vir die komende somerseisoen.

Lees volledige artikel hier.[:]