Farmers being crushed in South Africa, government looks the other way

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Farmers being crushed in South Africa, government looks the other way. Photo: Die Vryburger
Farmers being crushed in South Africa, government looks the other way. Photo: Die Vryburger

The farmers in South Africa are left to their fate fighting against the forces of nature, and only fellow farmers are showing any sympathy. Droughts, floods, plagues, high input costs, unfair competition, theft and farm attacks are just some of the many problems food producers are facing in the country. And along with that, is an unfriendly government, that just doesn’t realize that food cultivation is more important than any other industry in the country.

As if this is not more than enough, the ‘land theft’ policy is causing more uncertainty and along with unacceptable labor laws, the farmer’s troubles are growing into insurmountable odds.

It is mainly farmers from other regions of the country who hear and understand the cry of their fellow producers and then offer a helping hand.

Dairy farmers are discouraged by the government that allows dairy products to be imported from Poland and frustration is building up as farmers sit in large parts of the country and perish under the worst conceivable drought conditions and the the government prefers to look the other way.

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