Agri SA prepared to support land reform

2011-01-10 22:43

Johannesburg - Agri SA was fully prepared to support a meaningful land reform programme, the organisation's president, Johannes Mller, said on Monday.

The time had come for the government, organised agriculture and individual farmers to move closer together with a view to promoting general land reform, he said in a statement.

"It is common knowledge that the billions of rand spent on restitution of land rights has almost without exception resulted in dismal failures, thus seriously undermining food security - the latter matter which President Zuma also commented on during this occasion."

Mller was responding to President Zuma's statements on land reform during the ANC's 99th anniversary celebrations in Polokwane over the weekend.

Zuma said during an interview on SABC 1 on Sunday that land redistribution was an area which still had a lot of challenges.

He said the department of rural and land affairs was working on plans on how to adjust the law to address the matter.

Mller said that with the view of investor confidence in agriculture, urgent progress should be made with land restitution and that the matter should be finalised, preferably within the next two years.

Positive progress

"Give the private sector the necessary space and financial support to demonstrate what can be done in this regard. I am personally aware of farmers who through shareholding schemes, for example, can effectively assist the government with land reform."

He said organised agriculture was prepared to provide the president with a positive progress report after a reasonable agreed-upon period.

"We will, of course, also have to co-operate with local authorities to register effective progress in this regard and we therefore support President Zuma in striving for an effective third-tier government," said Mller.

The AgriBEE charter, which could make an important contribution in this regard, was approved almost two years ago by Agri SA and the organisation certainly did not accept responsibility for the delay in implementing it.

"Maybe it is also necessary for President Zuma and the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries to lend momentum to this matter in the interest of land reform," said Mller.

  • jiamalunga - 2011-01-11 07:15

    Maybe it is time that the ANC stop interfering with everything!

      Whitefedup - 2011-01-11 08:40

      maybe a better idea is for the ANC and its supporters to stop EXISTING in totality ........

      tarakan - 2011-01-11 12:33

      May be boer-farmers must move to Republic of Georgia-offering them personal and bussiness security together with land? And contribute to the country which understands value of such a people????

      Vincent VUsi - 2011-01-11 12:55

      @tarakan It's true 100% right, but you think that is possible?

      tarakan - 2011-01-11 15:19

      @Vincent VUsi of course it is possible! Republic of Georgia goes up.Country has no corrupted officials.Look on Internet...After all SA-farmers are targeting european market-Georgia is Europe.Climate very much similar to south africans.People are friendly,and more importainte NO CRIME!

  • themantshepo - 2011-01-11 09:05

    well done finally you are becoming part of the solution and not part of the problem, thats all it takes is a change in mindset....lets work togeather not against each other, as long as you do what we say we should all get along

      Vincent VUsi - 2011-01-11 12:57

      Sure, working together is the key to our country's success.

      MyPal_Al - 2011-01-20 07:16

      Why does working together have to be in your terms or is unacceptable in your eyes. Clearly you to need a change in mind set

  • Stylin - 2011-01-11 16:39

    Wild Idea [Maybe thats why I'm not president] - Instead of buying the farm and giving it to a Black owner who is unskilled at the time, perhaps the government should purchase a share in the farm, on an incrimental basis over a five year period ensuring that [A] the former [farmer] is still profitable and [b] essential skills are passed on through the process. Land reform is necessary in SA.

  • Tlnb - 2011-01-11 19:31

    Together we can make SA grate.

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