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South Africa is at a crossroad
By Fanie Brink - Independent Agricultural Economist

South Africa has come to a crossroad. One road leads to a developing country that is characterized by continued economic growth and greater prosperity but which has arrived at a dead end since the new political development in 1994.
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Improved ‘competitiveness’ destroys livelihoods
By Burgert Terblanche, via email

In terms of World Trade Organisation rules, South Africa is allowed to impose a 72% import tariff on wheat and 50% on maize. Instead, South African import tariffs have been 2% for wheat and 13% for maize.
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Backyard farmers need more knowledge
By Moyra Frencken, via email

Yvonne Pawlowski’s letter refers. Her group of friends are not alone in being townies who read Farmer’s Weekly.
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Quagga on Groote Post

We failed to mention that this front cover photo of Farmer’s Weekly, 21 March 2014, was taken on Groote Post wine farm near Darling in the Western Cape.
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Imbalances must be urgently corrected
By Richard Tate, via email

The editorial comment ‘Public opinion matters’ (28 March) was an excellent and far-reaching read.
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New livestock standards shock for SPCA
By Andries Venter, SPCA Farm Animal Protection Unit

The article ‘Mixed feelings over proposed new livestock standards’ (11 April) refers.
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Inhumane treatment of chickens
By Pat Werdmuller von Elgg, Mcgregor

The article “Nulaid could face animal cruelty charges” (28 March 2014) refers. I believe that animal exploiters who have no regard for ethical principles should be punished both legally and through public disdain.
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Alternative uses for manure waste
By Danielle Rose, via email

I was recently involved in research that found that animals produce about 335 million tons of manure every year.
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Farmer’s Weekly enjoyed by ‘townies’
By Yvonne Pawlowski, via email

As a regular reader of Farmer’s Weekly, I would like to share with you how much several of my yoga class members and I enjoy reading it, ranging from a Japanese lady, Emiko, to a retired teacher, Thato.
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SA inspires young Botswana farmers
By Leatile Mokgware, Botswana Young Farmers’ Association

I am a youth from Botswana farming various grains such as maize, sorghum and others. I have been following many of your features for a long time, especially those that talk about South African farmers and their businesses.
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Do you think there are equal opportunities for women & men in the South African agri sector?
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Yes, much progress has been made to empower women in agriculture
The playing field is slowly levelling out
Last week's poll
Have you received any aid or assistance for drought relief?
Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78%)
No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34%)
I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %) I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %)
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