70 farmers killed in 2016 – attacks more sophisticated

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With food pricesbecoming increasingly onerous for many if not most South Africans, the latest report on farm murders by the Transvaal Agricultural Union and AfriForum makes for disturbing reading – although there are a few positive trends being noted.

According to a 2015 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) study95% of the country’s formal sector food is produced by just 3% of the country’s farmers and the government’s antipathy to white farmers and its proposed policiesare driving an increasing numberof them to leave the country. Thousands of farms are up for sale.

Vast swathes of once productive farm land now lie fallow as a result of the ANC’s failed land reform policies and Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti candidly acknowledges that the billions of rands spent in the past two decades have reduced food securitybecause 90% of the farms re-distributed to black farmers are no longer productive.

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