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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 THE UTHBR1DGE HERALD August 1973 Record earnings seen lor wheat farmers WASHINGTON The possibility that 1973 will be a of record for Canadian wheat farmers was forecast here in the of a United States survey of crop conditions north of the border. Sources close to the Canadian situation said here the U.S. re- port be a bit but added that the Cana- dian wheat farmers' this could be a year of record A report in the July issue of Foreign a monthly publication of the U.S. depart- ment of agriculture wheat farmers seeded an estimated 25 million but favorable weather could bring a record 28-bushels- per-acre yield for a total pro- duction as high as 700 million bushels in One Canadian source here says this on a recent tour of wheat-growing areas in Canada by a U.S. agri- cultural attache from be CONSERVATIVE' latest projections are somewhat more he said. in the last week or two indicate that veatlier conditions have slipped a bit and crop projected from weather should be about average. the USDA people think we are being a bit pessi- He said that one reason Cana- dian predictions could be termed conservative is that fer- tilizer sales on the Prairies are reported up 25 per cent and could partially offset or compensate for the weather Another reason could be that there has been greater planting of the neepawa straing of increase to 31 per cent of the increase in 1972 from 4.1 per cent the previous year. Neepawa is described by For- eign Agriculture as bet- t e earlier-maturing than the tra- ditional favorite are higher than they have almost at record levels in a year when there are no major problems in selling the observer said. previous record produc- tion the international scene has been such that there hasn't been full Sears Save 0 PRE-SEASON BLANKET SALE A colourful warm-up for those chilly nights ahead 99 Reg. size a-Lush colour to wake up that tired Deep sunny Gold and Turquoise. And so warm. A cozy thought for those nippy Autumn evenings just around the comer. It's double-woven for longer wear. The care-free blend of lets you rest easy. Just wash and tumble dry. It retains its radiant deep fluffy wash after wash. Moth and mildew Non-allergenic. Why not see for And take advantage of truly beautiful value at this low price. Don't be caught napping under anything Queen size. Reg. 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Indians make up just seven per cent of South America's population. In some places persecution of Indians is so ruthless that scien- tist say they are victims of gen- of an en- tire race. the centre of the an- cient Inca has the most Indians 6.3 million out of its total current population of 14 million. Desperately un- dernourished and most Peruvian Indians tend llama herds or farm in the fro- zen reaches of the Andes Moun- tains. The military regime which took over Peru in how- has expropriated more than 12 million acres of farm- land and 1.7 million head of livestock from private owners and turned it over to Indian peasant co-operatives. The government also wants to teach the Indians how to read and write. A major problem is that most Peruvian Indians speak a native tribal instead of Spanish. with three million In- dians among its five million in- has pern's prob- worse. Most Boli- vian Indians die before their first birthday. The ones that survive childhood can't expect to live much past 40. GIVEN LITTLE Ecuador has about 2.1 million Indians in a total population of six million. They are still looked down on as de- spite high-sounding promises by tSat tifty country's military gov- ernment to make life better for Indians. When a Roman Catholic bishop in the Andean province of Riobamba recently dis- tributed church-owned lands to there was such a stir that Pope Paul had to send a special emissary to investigate. A big new oil strike in Ecua- dor help the In- dians. The which granted drilling concessions in the Amazon jixgle to foreign companies expects to take in an extra million a year be- cause of oil. It says it will spend the money to improve and elec- trification. Democratically elected ist President Salvador Allende of Chile has promised better days ahead for his country's Mapuche who make up five per cent gf the Chilean population. He has provided more federal funds for Indian sent government doctors and den- tists into Indian communities and given Indians land under an agrarian reform program. Mapuches are the descend- ants of the fierce Araucanian to be the one tribe in South America the Spanish conquistadores couldn't conquer. They killed Spanish pioneer Pedro de Valdivia in legend says by forcing him to drink molten it wasn't until 1883 that whites finally settled the area around Temudo. a largely undeve- loped jungle country in the middle of South has a unique Indian makeup. Almost all of its two million people are descendants in some degree of the original Guarani Indian na- tives. Both Gaurani and Spanish 1 seTe official languages in Para- and many white-looking Paraguayans speak the two in- terchangeably. PRIMITIVE LIFE Brazil's Indians have been in the headlines because of the ex- tremely primitive state in which they live and because of isolated bloodv clashes between them and whites. The Brazilian governmsnt wants to in- Indians into modern society without the loss of Hieir cultural says Interior Minister Jose Costa the man in charge of Indian policy. Brazil's Indians inspire pas- sion among scientists and writers because most of them are absolutely paint their bodies with berry juice and put wooden discs in their lips and bones through their live just a few hours' flying time from skyscraper-filled cities. Argentina has only In- dians out of a total popu- lation of 23 million. The Argen- tine army methodically went about wiping out as many In- dians as it could in massive raids in the south in the late 1800s. best we can expect is future as Indian Canute Rodrigues stated. the cheapest labor in NUMBERS FALLING also with a popu- lation of 23 has surviving Indians and the num- ber keeps going down. Colombian Indians are at the mercy of ruthless crooked and white men's diseases. There are no organized Indian-protection movements in that country. 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