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A child jumps over bricks spelling R150 during the farm workers’ strike in the Western Cape in 2013. Political pressure led to increases in wage levels way beyond what the market could manage, causing huge job losses, the writer contends. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Electrification project aimed at improving lives of Cape’s farm workers

In some cases, Western Cape farmers make wage deductions where electricity and other basic services are provided to farm workers

Teach man to sow maize, but lead him to market too

Picture: THE TIMES

There has been a critical oversight in developing opportunities for market access, writes Wandile Sihlobo

SA’s cotton crop halves as farmers switch to maize

Picture: ISTOCK

Farmers were prompted to switch to more profitable crops after last year’s drought and an increase in maize prices

Cannabis policy benefits criminal networks

Marijuana. Picture: REUTERS/ALESSANDRO BIANCHI

South Africa’s prohibitionist approach is a significant drain on the fiscus and plays into the hands of criminal networks, writes Tiaan Meiring

Genetically modified crops have helped save SA’s maize crop during drought

Maize. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

ABI says without GM varieties and new technologies, SA was likely to have produced only 1.65-million tonnes of maize this season


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