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Agri SA, Cosatu find common ground

2012-08-07 22:39

Johannesburg - Agri SA and the Congress of SA Trade Unions met on Tuesday to discuss problems ranging from land policy to farm schools.

"They discussed matters of common concern and agreed to work together to solve problems affecting workers, farmers, consumers and the country as a whole," the two organisations said in a joint statement.

They said issues up for discussion included the cost of food and food security, development of agriculture, land policy, farm schools and transport for children, education for farm workers, healthcare, farm murders, labour issues, job losses and transformation, and the protection of state information bill.

"Agreement was reached that representatives from both organisations will take these matters further and make proposals to the respective principals on the prioritisation of these issues," said the organisations.

Comments
  • jack.russel.14268769 - 2012-08-08 00:48

    Kudos to you both, finally some productive action. I still don't understand why all this money cant just be spent on teaching new black farmers how to farm on all the unused land

      Anele - 2012-08-08 05:16

      @jack we had big unused land in my village but we are not educated to do farming I can be glad to get contacts of agri SA

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-08 09:53

      The government needs to subsidize farmers to increase the wages of farm workers. All farmers with a net income of less than ....say 1mil pa should be allowed to pay less than minimum wage, this should apply to other businesses as well, this would stimulate job creation and create employment.

      dee.980 - 2012-08-08 14:29

      Anele - I have sent you a message on Facebook with AgriSA contact info ...and would be really interested to hear of your progress. I am convinced that there is a great deal of goodwill in this country - and that it may take more than 1 attempt to get advice and guidance FROM THE RIGHT KIND OF MENTOR - but persist, persist, persist in your dream and angels always appear!!!

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-09-04 08:01

      Two percent of the US population produced all of the food in this country. SA has to promote science and technology into farming in SA to create food security, in this country. One farmer in the US can produce enough food to feed 15000 people.

  • husaberg.twostroke - 2012-08-08 01:01

    This is the direction to go. Keep it up and follow thru with the plan of action.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-08 03:10

    Finally !!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-08 03:28

    Finally !!

  • john.chamberlain.3152 - 2012-08-08 04:10

    Positive but don't reinvent the wheel. Look carefully at lessons learned.

  • pws69 - 2012-08-08 05:36

    There always was common ground, but up until now, people were talking AT each other, instead of TO each other, and not listening to each other. Can I be optimistic that this is changing? Yes.

  • backstabber.adder - 2012-08-08 06:07

    The ongoing, unabated South-African population explosion is going to create a massive land shortage by itself - we are going to need a lot of "common ground". Birth control anyone? Hehehehehe....

  • liyaaqat.james - 2012-08-08 07:10

    I have to praise Agri SA for t talking to COSATU to remind the union of food security as a black farmer i am hoping that AGRI SA would assist us black farmers in talking sence to the government to assist us on short terms the state is giving us and many more

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-08 08:12

      You know what Liyaaqat I don't care what colour you are, if you're a sincere farmer who wants to work hard and produce what the country needs then awesome! We're living in the 21st centuary, the information age, not 1620 when everyone has/had/needs land to grow 50 mielies and 5 cows...

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-08 08:08

    Now this is good news! We seriously need to all start working together, find common ground and make this work! (Sincere) Oh and congrats to Mo on his really hard won appointment to the DBSA, shows what one can do with really hard work, perseverance to over come your disadvantaged past. (Totally insincere)

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