Farmers raise concerns on land reform

Farmers raise concerns on land reform

2014-08-13 13:00

Johannesburg - Commercial farmers on Wednesday raised questions and concerns about land reform with ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe in Johannesburg.

"We are concerned about ongoing policy inconsistency by government, marked by frequently changing positions and perspectives," they said in a joint statement handed to Mantashe at a dialogue about land reform and food security.

Mantashe had been addressing a discussion at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

"We are concerned about labour expectations, food price inflation, and significant labour unrest," the farmers said.

Commercial farmers were also worried about declining investor confidence and job losses in the agricultural sector.

They wanted government to bring policy synergy and policy coherence to the agricultural sector.

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"Government must be responsible for land acquisitions for the growth of farming operations and the consequent beneficiation of farm workers.

"If government acquires farms, we will provide economic custodianship until they become viable agri-businesses."

Commercial farmers wanted government to introduce a wage subsidy in the sector, and assistance in building houses and agri-villages for farm workers.

They also wanted government to plan the allocations of water before allocating land, particularly for labour intensive farming.

Government should critically review water management as a "strategic resource" and provide more storage dams and more irrigation schemes to grow the industry, they said.

Mantashe was expected to respond to their concerns shortly.

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  • Kratervark Karools - 2014-08-13 13:07

    This BS won't work! If they try to take farms away - in which ever "legal" manner - they might meet with more resistance than they expect!

      Kobus Hattingh - 2014-08-13 13:53

      Dont worry about the thumbs down. Clearly a news24 employee manipulating it.

      Jo Ape - 2014-08-13 15:21

      Don't worry about the laws, we'll fight them legally. When that fails, and the ANC will make sure of that, we'll fight it by other means...

      Phil Davel - 2014-08-13 16:21

      @Kobus I honestly think you are right on the thumbs down issue. So sad News24.

  • Todays Realist - 2014-08-13 13:22

    The PORK CHOP tried pig farming and failed. The Mandela Farm failed and was bailed out by the State. Real farmers do not need RACIST CLOWNS to advise them what is required to run a farm.

      M van Rooyen - 2014-08-13 13:36

      One just has to look at the erstwhile state of the art then Amatola agricultural station and what is left of it..... ANC, stick to BS'ing your followers and and stay away from the country's food chain...or would you prefer a state of hunger and expensive imported food?

  • Richard Zanner - 2014-08-13 13:26

    Oh please like Government can even begin to address these issues. They have lost control and everything they do is management by crisis.

  • Chris Stuart - 2014-08-13 13:31

    I got my farm now for almost 1 year. I would like to get my farm up and running and have a few veggies etc on the farm. can I please get assistance from the cANCer government? No? Oh yes that's right, I'm not black. Guess I'll do it with out their help...

  • Grant Watson - 2014-08-13 14:43

    and people said the AWB were wrong when they said they will use guns, do you really think people will just give their farms away without killing 1000s, Marikana will look like a picnic compared to this, just watch this space, and no I am not a AWB supporter just a realist when it comes to people trying to steal your property.

      Kratervark Karools - 2014-08-13 15:54

      You can say that again!

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