In today’s newsletter:

NAU participates in SACAU planning session
The NAU was invited to participate in a planning session for the next 5 years for SACAU (Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions). During the session a positive decision was taken at the session that the agricultural sector in Southern Africa can only create employment if growth takes place and that profitability of primary products is the motive to bring about growth. The plan will furthermore place more focus on how agricultural business can be extended.

 

Farm safety and workers
The NAU and its structures are currently busy with a formal program about farm safety and regional representatives have already been trained. At the AEA Congress earlier this year one of the speakers, Mr Faan Oosthuizen spoke about the role of farm workers and farm safety. He said that farm workers could either be a safety asset or a safety risk. He pointed out 4 lines of defence which must be judged and managed by the farmer and which is inter alia your own safety, the electric fence around the house, farm access roads and the bigger vicinity in which you live. Farm workers have access to all these lines of defence and must thus be trusted. They are your eyes and ears on the farm and an important source of information. They have to be involved in the farm’s safety plan to protect the assets and assist if there are any attacks. Good labour relationships are a necessary pre-requisite in farm safety. He suggests that farmers should not keep workers on the farm which cannot be trusted. We appeal to members to evaluate their own position with regard to risks and farm safety and to improve where necessary. Click here for the report which is published in the AgriForum.

 

Farmer Business School
The NAU was invited by GIZ under the Agricultural Business & Capacity Development Project to attend an information event on the Farmer Business School (FBS) concept. GIZ together with partners and the support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and World Cocoa Foundation developed the FBS in 2010. The FBS approach aims to strengthen entrepreneurial skills among farmers, and increase and diversify farmers’ business.

The FBS trainings which run over 5 days communicate the principles of farming as a business; basic human nutrition and farm management; economics of specific commodities; investment decisions and strategies based on cost and benefit analysis to diversify and increase income; financial management, savings and credit; benefit of good quality produce; benefits from membership in producer organisations; and planning investments. The FBS is product based, and in Namibia, the first phase of the FBS approach focuses on Maize, Mahangu and Chicken, and livestock will be included in the second phase. The GIZ Farmer Business School Training format is considered a promising instrument to supplement agricultural advisory services to resettlement farmers, and the wider farming community. The FBS approach is anticipated to greatly benefit the farming community and contribute to social upliftment.

Agricultural Outlook Conference 2018

Women’s Day

SWAKARA Industry Forum holds Annual General Meeting

Bio-mass Technology Demonstration Day

 

Channel 7
Today we visit with some interesting people such as Jacolette Kloppers who tell us what is going on at the Landbou Weekblad as well as Nico Truter who will tell us what happened at the Meatmaster National Championships. Bertus Kruger will give important information about rangeland management and Marina Muller will talk about NVV matters. Gunther Ling will inform us about the challenges and the future of the dairy producers and M C Horn will talk about safety cameras in and around the house. The Veterinarian, Dr Mutjavikua will give important information about cattle health and Alex McDonald again gives advice about de-bushing. Come along on this hour journey with Landbou Journal.

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