Letter dated : 15 August 2008

Issue date : 15 August 2008

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A light on farming

Well yes, I agreed with Este Vermaak that the cover with Angus Buchan yelling his head off wasn’t too pretty. However, I have enclosed a much nicer picture of our granddaughter. is growing up on a cane farm near Scottburgh on the south coast and this was a photo we got for Christmas. She is 14 months old here. Her name is Micaela Wilmot. We are pineapple farmers in the Eastern Cape, need I say more, and read the Farmer’s Weekly regularly hoping someone will shed some light for us. Just thought you’d enjoy the photo. Alison Wilmot, Grahamstown

Discriminating against trout

The British Countryside Alliance slogan “Liberty and livelihood” encourages people to stand up and be counted. The slogan is emblazoned on a jersey that my wife frequently wears. It has become apparent that what madam McGillycuddy is actually advertising is that sportspeople and in particular people who fish, need to examine their own “liberty and livelihood”.

The old chestnut of “invasive species” cropped up again in the Sunday Times on 3 August. Under the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act, regulations are being drawn up to control foreign species to prevent or minimise the harm they wreak on the environment. rout were originally brought to South Africa from Loch Leven in Scotland over a century ago. In someone’s book, a trout must have snatched a Cape clawless otter from a riverine or dam environment and killed it by suffocation under water.

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Or maybe cannibal trout in the Swartberg mountain dams have been catching indigenous kingfishers and gobbling them up? I have yet to read of any environmental damage caused by that imported species that has been resident in South Africa for over 100 years. Obviously someone of the type who thought Nonkululeko, the lost hippo, harmless, intends to severely damage everyone engaged in trout angling. his ranges from hotels and bed and breakfast establishments that house tackle shops and small boat makers.

The thought of trout being declared a prohibited species and being unable to obtain smoked trout pâté from Pucketty Farm Shop is positively stressful. R eaders dependent in any way upon trout fishing are urged to [email protected] what they think of the proposed legislation that would impinge upon their liberty and livelihood. Donough McGillycuddy, Himeville