'Policy uncertainty frustrating SA's agricultural development'

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Cape Town - As far as agriculture is concerned, policy uncertainty on a number of critical areas seriously impedes real positive development, according to Schalk Pienaar, chairperson of the agricultural business chamber Agbiz.

In his view, the time that is spent on what he describes as endless efforts to obtain clarity on policy and legislation, seriously impedes producers and businessmen to get on with the business of food production, processing and distribution and trade hereof.

"Unrealistic, impractical draft legislation also absorbs massive time and energy from both Government and industry to either get it changed or sent back to the legislators, instead of getting on with the job," he said his New Year's message to members.

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