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Agri SA: Land ideas needed

2012-08-01 22:17

Bloemfontein - A successful South Africa requires proposals from commercial farmers on land reform, Agri SA president Johannes Möller said on Wednesday.

"The market alone will not sort out the land issue in South Africa," he said at Free State Agriculture's annual conference in Bloemfontein.

He said this was because the situation was created in part by a political system and not the market itself.

"We must make stronger proposals from the side of the farmers on what our plans are to see that the whole country is successful. The land issue needs to end sometime."

Moller said agriculture was not sustainable if only commercial farming was successful and the emerging sector suffered.

"It is time for a more symbiotic relationship between commercial and emerging agriculture sectors."

It was accepted across the globe that urbanisation could only be stopped if small-scale farmers were supported. It was estimated that 60% of global agricultural production came from small-scale farmers.

"We have an obligation."

Moller said Agri SA was addressing land reform with government entities in a bid to move faster. It was also working hard to finish a land audit, through provincial structures.

"The challenge with the land audit is that it should not be done just by organised agriculture."

The agriculture department should be involved. The land affairs department did not have enough staff, while the agriculture department had staff in every town.

"We must do it together, and do it as fast as possible."

Comments
  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-08-01 22:48

    A clear, sober voice in the wilderness. There may be hope after all.

      jerome.rothman - 2012-08-01 23:08

      We need more such voices. As citizens we have the power skill and intel to solve the challenges we face together. We are all south africans and we have a duty to each other. Looking to government helps know one. Turn to your neighbour and make a difference. Our country needs us. Pointing fingers help no one. What have I done today to make my country a better place for all.

      digger.dighead - 2012-10-25 20:30

      Yes teddy indeed!!...but unfortunately his is white, that makes him an agent and a racist capitalist!!!! Sorry no hope of getting through to all the mindless indoctrinated sheep out there.

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-08-02 00:16

    This is one of the direction which we've been saying the government should follow. Most of the disposed African people have been angry course thing have not changed after liberation when it comes to the Land issue. If more land can be given to the disposed people in all provinces and farming along/together with commercial farmers. It will stop this tension of one group thinking that another group want to take their land by force or the disposed Africans thinking the liberation is over and why is our land not returned to us. So in all said I agree with the article above. Together we stand.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-02 03:51

    Economics 101. You need land labour capital and organisation. We have lots of unused land, lots of unemployed labor, plenty of capital (used extensively for bling and big lifestyles) and enough experience in the farming community to make it work. Our productive farms are down to half and farmers are leaving to Zambia, South America etc because there are better opportunities there. Zim farm production is down to 10% because of land grabs. If we don't learn from mistakes then we deserve the outcome. The solution is plain to see, give farms to people who know how to farm and protect them from criminals. Otherwise give all the farms away to comrades and watch what happens, Zim is an example of stupidity.

  • malusi - 2012-08-02 07:09

    Agri sa is on the right path

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