State won't manage land reform: Agri SA

2011-09-01 19:09

Johannesburg - The government will not be able to manage land that proposed legislation on land reform says it should own, Agri SA said on Thursday.

"The state wishes to be the biggest owner of productive agricultural land ... [but it] does not have the resources, expertise or ability to farm successfully or to control and manage so much land successfully," Agri SA deputy president Theo de Jager said in a statement.

The draft Green Paper on land reform was released by Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti on Wednesday.

Nkwinti said the paper aimed to break from the past without significantly disrupting agricultural production and food security, and avoid redistributions that did not generate livelihoods, employment and incomes.

The paper proposes four categories of land ownership; state land which would be made available for leasing, private ownership which would be subject to certain limitations, regulated land ownership by foreigners, and communal land where certain usage rights would apply.

De Jager said South Africa needed to learn from international experience before implementing the paper.

"Experience in other countries shows that state land under lease is not developed and farmed as productively as private land, and that the resource often deteriorates when leased.

"The Green Paper also does not spell out which limitations would be placed on private ownership and how this would be facilitated."

He said Agri SA was opposed to restrictions on farm size, because bigger land owners make the biggest contribution to food security and export earnings.

The organisation supported the broad basic principles of de-racialisation of the rural economy, democratic and equitable land ownership and the maintenance of production discipline.

"These principles must, however, be put into practice with great circumspection. It is important that entrepreneurship, investment and the security of land are not affected in the process."

  • THE.SRG - 2011-09-01 19:26

    -this is how it works,the government buys the farm from the white farmer and give's it to the black farmer for free,the black farmer then turns round and sells it back to the white farmer for the same price as the government bought instead of working the farm,in the end the white farmer loses out on time and effort wile the government gains vote's and the black farmer gets lots of money for doing nothing at all and all that money that is free to the black farmer comes from us the tax payers pockets cause that's where the government got the money in the first place to buy the farm...then the whole process happens again.

      Chris3 - 2011-09-01 20:24

      The white (Avo) farmers I know who sold their land to government and then purchased it back from the black farmers paid substantially less to buy it back than what they received from the state, in the region of 15 to 30%. In some cases this was negotiated before the white farmer even sold the farm to government.

      crackerr - 2011-09-01 20:30

      @ Chris3 Liar. Out of the about 500 white farmers I know personally and who confess all their sins to me not one has done what you claim. I do suggest that you make the identities of them all public. Or shut up.

      crackerr - 2011-09-01 20:39

      @ Chris3 This is your opportunity. Use this same page and type the details of those farmers and the other scum parties to the details here. They don't know who Chris 3 is. Or are you referring to some high sitters in government/ANC who are involved?

      P-JB - 2011-09-02 10:46

      @ Chris3 I am aware on one instance where a farmer bought the land back for about 30% of what he had paid for it. However the reason for this is that over a 4 year period the 32 black families who had been given the farm had destroyed it. After the second harvest they went and bought 32 new Mercedes-Benz cars and held a 2 week long party to celebrate their harvest. By the time they had to buy seeds for the next season there was no money left. They didn’t have any money left to buy diesel for the one tractors still left, after they had sold off all the other farming implements, including tractors and harvesters. The entire farm was in ruins. The 30% buy-back price was for what was left. The other 70% was spent to re-build the farm to its previous state and to pay off debts incurred by the 32 families who had been given the farm. So the reality is that the farmer did not really get his farm back for a fraction of the cost, and it would take him a few years to re-build the farm. This is a big waste of imperialist tax money.

  • letsee - 2011-09-01 19:47

    That goes without saying but who cares? A few will grab the best land, the rest will be whatever and the Western world will give food to South Africa.

  • crackerr - 2011-09-01 20:20

    The commercial farming sector is feeding us. Nobody else. In fact, when we run short of food and imports become necessary, it is the commercial farming sectors in the countries that we import from that produce the imports. What are we missing in all this?

  • KanaMay - 2011-09-01 23:21

    A previously-disadvantaged farmers' association commented recently, `Receiving the basic support grant is much easier than producing food / earning money by working on your farm.' They should discontinue this basic life support for the new farmland owners, give a farm development grant instead calculated by the amount of work done. Some developed countries would not pay out basic support grants to people who have their own homes in the city. They're expected to sell that land or develop it to start a business.

  • ES - 2011-09-02 03:10

    I would really like to know what the Government is going to do re all the vast farmlands in the Transkei that the previous Apartheid Goverment expropriated from white farmers and gave to whoever , but large tracts of land that were once very successfull commercial farms are now lying fallow. The once beautiful homesteads are literally falling apart and no farming is taking place whatsoever.

  • P-JB - 2011-09-02 10:36

    Just another excuse to get more ANC buddies into positions where they can earn more money through corruption and stuff up the country even further. Is there level of intellect so low that they cannot see that their methods do not work?

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