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Commercial farms ensure SA food security

Aug 08 2012 12:13 Sapa

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Johannesburg - Commercial farmers ensure greater food security in the country by producing more food than emerging or subsistence farmers, a study has found.

The study found commercial farms accounted for 95% of the country's locally-produced food, the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Tuesday.

The remaining 5% was produced by the country's 220 000 emerging farmers and 1.3 million subsistence farmers.

SAIRR researcher Kerwin Lebone said South Africa's food security was heavily dependent on commercial farming.

"While emerging and subsistence farmers may feed their own families and some others, the above information demonstrates that national food security depends on commercial farming."

The study, which was based on information from Statistics SA, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy, and a statement by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, found there were 94.5 million hectares (m ha) of agricultural land in South Africa.

Only 13.1m ha, or 14% of this land, was cultivated to grow crops. The remaining 81.3m ha, or 86% was used for grazing or other activities, such as mining.

A commercial agriculture census, published by Stats SA, showed the country's 47 500 commercial farmers planted all their crops on 4.6m ha.

This meant they used only 36% of cultivated agricultural land, and 5% of the total agricultural land available.

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