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Agri SA: Old, new farmers must co-operate

2012-06-08 14:21

Johannesburg - A symbiotic relationship between established and new commercial farmers and small-scale farmers was essential for a successful land reform model, Agri SA president Johannes Möller said on Thursday.

He was speaking at a meeting of the World Farmers' Organisation in Rome.

The development of such a relationship, being both a mentorship and business, would guarantee sustainable food production and optimal resource utilisation.

An expectation existed of African countries to substantially increase local and international food production as the world population grew, said Möller.

ANCYL: Change Constitution

"The proven expertise and the critical mass of a large number of established commercial farmers are an indispensable asset for South Africa," he said.

This could enhance new entrant success rates within the agriculture sector and, to a limited extent, elsewhere in Africa.

On Tuesday, ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola said the Constitution had to be changed to allow the expropriation of land without compensation.

"All our issues are locked there in section 25 of the Constitution," Lamola said in Pretoria.

The ANCYL said a "minister of land expropriation without compensation" should be appointed.
Section 25 of the Constitution refers to property rights and sets out conditions for the expropriation of land with compensation.

Warning of land invasions

Lamola said the ANC should not apologise for changing the Constitution - which would require a two-thirds majority in Parliament.

"The ANC must amend section 25 without apologising to any investor or anybody... The ANC must amend its own Constitution when it deems necessary," he said.

If white South Africans did not hand land over to poor blacks, there could be land invasions like those that took place in Zimbabwe, he warned.

AfriForum Youth laid a charge of intimidation against Lamola on Wednesday following his comments.

The ANC would not talk to the ANCYL over the issue of land reform, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday.

Comments
  • Boeretroos - 2012-06-08 14:38

    So we hand over land to your people at no compensation - Only over your dead body boet - kapiche !

      andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-06-08 16:05

      It seems the ANCYL does not know the difference between paying and stealing.Commercial farmers bought and paid for their land therefore must be recompensed for the land and the improvements. Just for the record most farms that have been taken over are now defunct and not producing. So what is the point of stealing farms and allowing them to fall into disrepair?

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-08 14:58

    Good idea...but...they want to steal our knowledge and in 300 years time when they are educated they will chase people from their farms,no boet we not that stupid.

  • Cilliers - 2012-06-08 15:00

    Let's hope that the current rapprochement of the ANC and established (Afrikaner) commercial agriculture yields precisely such a symbiosis. To the ANC: You can now sacrifice the country's future on the altar of vengefulness and populism, or you can recognise and partner one of its proudest assets in the true interest of prosperity and nation building. History will not be slow to judge you.

  • Honker - 2012-06-08 15:14

    "Agri SA: Old, new farmers must co-operate" Aaah, so they want to do like is currently the practise in MANY businesses due to BEE - have the white guy do the work of 3 blacks and have them reap the benefit... yeah right.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-06-08 15:40

    ima gonna get my gun shoot a f+-ker of my farm then there gonna be more to try and take my farm but i got a plan that make them fail just wait and see n boer maak plan ek my hond en my gun hows that for a struggle song

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-08 15:50

    Having a drink in a pub recently a mate of mine reckons if the agents want to take his farm he then has nothing to lose....so i said shame man...he then said he would burn the entire place to the ground,house,animals,crops,implements,vehicles,everything.Makes you think!

  • courtney.harding.7 - 2012-06-08 15:52

    This is how everything will end up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAxYIIJLkd8

  • courtney.harding.7 - 2012-06-08 16:16

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17m8OnHC7dQ&feature=related

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-08 16:58

    Courtney i think that vid shut a good few agents up lol,s.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-08 22:34

    I'm repeating myself....but this message does need to get out. DON'T TAKE PRODUCTIVE FARMS THAT ARE PROVIDING THE NATION WITH FOOD GOVERNMENT SHOULD BUILD AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES..train the black folks...and when they qualify give them a piece of land...in a designated area...which is fertile and has a good water supply and climate.

  • Phillip du Plessis - 2012-06-08 23:53

    Instead of fighting for land deeds... how about be the youth league that us youth want you to be and start working on rape, robberies, and education that is the real problem for us youth nowadays? Leave land ownership to the adults of the ANC!

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-07 23:11

    Its a know fact that throughout history most wars were fought over ownership of the land...does the ANCYL honestly think they can just take white owned land without a fight..or maybe they are stupid enough to think they could win such a fight and therefore don't care about the consequences!Either way they allow their ignorance,which is apparent via the arrogance they continuously display,to addle their brains..who says ignorance is bliss..cut the war talk,or you might just get what you wish for!

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