Herman Pretorius is just the kind of white South African farmer US President Donald Trump expressed concern for when he barged into the country’s delicate land-reform debate by ordering an investigation into the "large-scale killing of farmers". But for the Pretorius, wading knee-deep through some 35,000 chickens at his isolated homestead in the North West, it’s the US and its cheap poultry exports that are a threat. "We cannot compare our chickens with theirs. The price difference will kill us." For years, the two countries have fought over poultry: Washington has kept South African poultry out on health and sanitation grounds while Pretoria accuses US farmers of dumping chicken at below-cost prices and has imposed tariffs. But in 2015, SA’s powerful poultry industry agreed to exclude 65,000 tonnes of US chicken from the anti-dumping tariff — in return for the renewal of broader, duty-free US trade access that benefited other South African industries. Now, as a consequence of his "...

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