Million-jobs target for agriculture
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Million-jobs target for agriculture

2014-06-17 20:45

Cape Town - The government is set to create a million jobs in the agricultural sector over the next 16 years, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"We have identified agriculture as a key job driver. Our target is for the agricultural sector to create a million jobs by 2030," he said in his State of the Nation address.

The government would provide comprehensive support to smallholder farmers through speeding up land reform, and providing technical, infrastructural, and financial support.

"Support will be provided to communities as well to engage in food production and subsistence farming to promote food security, in line with the Fetsa Tlala food production programme."

Zuma said the settlement of outstanding land claims would be sped up.

"We will accelerate the settlement of remaining land claims submitted before the cut-off date of 1998.

"We will also re-open the period for the lodgement of claims for the restitution of land for a period of five years, and codify the exceptions to the 1913 cut-off date for the descendants of the Khoi and San," he said.


Comments
  • Musa KamaShobane - 2014-06-17 21:03

    Why introduce the portfolio of small businesses if that is not a focus ? Agriculture 100mil casual jobs ya right, 10 out of ten, does the agricultural sector employ 5 permanent employee? Zuma, Zuma shame on you

  • FanieBrink5 - 2014-06-17 21:10

    Why must agriculture always greate the most jobs?? The secondary and tertiary industries should create the jobs unless we want to become a underdeveloped or non-developing country.

      Peter L' Estrange - 2014-06-19 10:36

      The USA became wealthy from a broad base of agriculture. A lot of industrial development was brought about by demands from the farmers for machines to help them farm more efficiently. Here, with the rural people having access to capital now that they have security for their loan, can develop their farms with their family manpower and create more jobs in the industries that supply their needs. Fencing, seeds,fertilizers and so much more.

  • dan.butler.7967 - 2014-06-17 21:12

    So what are you going to do to stop the farm murders? After all, they are mainly the employers you are looking at maybe?

      Clifford Kiki Mongwe - 2014-06-17 21:35

      he only thing to stop farm murders is to prohibit farm owners to own powerful weapons coz most of them were killed coz gangs knows very well that a farmer has guns n they want those guns for robbery etc

      Melindie Hart - 2014-06-17 22:53

      Farm murders are part of the plan. The more farmers they scare off their land or murder, the more land they get. It's nothing more that terrorism.

      Niel Liebenberg - 2014-06-18 06:19

      @Clifford, fascinating comment. So in essence, it is the farmers' own fault that they are getting murdered???? Please take note: there is a political agenda behind farm murders...just a thought, use it don't use it. (Judging by your comment you won't use the thought as you are an idiot)

  • Justin Pretorius - 2014-06-17 21:17

    1 million / 16 = 62 500 a year. By that time you will need to create a lot more because people are having lots of kids which they cannot afford

  • Dion Roder - 2014-06-17 21:25

    Oh you funny man... giving away half odf the productive farmland to labourers who vcannot manage a budget, let alone a farm, being indifferent to farm murders' giving productive farm land to people who have never farmed; not being able to show wone success story of farmland taken over by claimants; wanting to speed up the land claim process with a department who could not do half of their work and being unable to execute its mandate. Whwere will you find those people wiling and able to work very hard?

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-06-18 01:04

      Remember a successful farm is a piece of land with hundreds of people squatting there. Then you have couple of sick cows and chickens walking around. Oh and you also have the thousands of plastic bags blowing around in the wind.

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2014-06-17 21:47

    Why in agriculture alone? Education is vital, mister president. Don't make everyone a farmworker. Where are quality educators, doctors, nurses, engineers etc being trained? In 16yrs we will be having low skilled masses? Or is that the plan?

      Justin Pretorius - 2014-06-17 21:57

      It is too difficult for these ANC goons to create jobs so it is easier to make the poor into the working poor and not giving them skills to move up the ladder. There is just no inspiration from this regime and no solutions just rhetoric to appease the masses

      Pieter Calitz - 2014-06-18 06:57

      > The government is set to create a million jobs in the agricultural sector over the next 16 years, Note that it is the government who will be creating the jobs and not the farmers. So what is probably going to happen is that government ministers and loyal cadres will be getting farms.

  • Susanna Johanna - 2014-06-17 22:21

    Excellent! More food will be grown and hopefully food prices will come down. Now, if only we can turn our coal driven power plants into nuclear pebble bed reactors so we can utilize all the coal for petrol production.

  • Prego George - 2014-06-17 22:35

    Oh he read Animal Farm maybe somebody must explain it to him the way the Jantjies did

  • Melindie Hart - 2014-06-17 22:51

    Zimbabwe here we come.

      James Maswoba - 2014-06-18 08:40

      Hart because you don't want to share. you just want to be rich in your farming community on African soil. you feel threatened. you must just go back to Holland where your forefathers comes from. Because you just want to enslave us by your skie rocketing food prices. when we import cheap meat from lesotho you cry. you don't want competition that's all.

      Nadia Graf - 2014-06-18 12:01

      James you are obviously not a businessman or a farmer. You will always be enslaved mainly because you are too lazy to get off your read-ends and do things for yourselves. You need to free you mind first to be truly free.

  • Mashai Joannes - 2014-06-18 00:01

    Give ppl land.teach them about the in and outs of agriculture,subsidies them and then help them market their produce and in this way enough profit can be generated and subsequently more jobs wil be created and lastly do away with cronyism.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-06-18 01:08

      You obviously don't have a clue. Subsidize, subsidize....

      Henk Brand - 2014-06-18 07:08

      So you want people to own land, but someone else must take responsibility for whatever needs to happen thereafter.

      James Maswoba - 2014-06-18 08:28

      spot on joannes. am tired of being fed growth hormones. and am tired of white supremacy. white boys start talking crap thinking are better than us

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-06-18 08:49

      James white boys don't have to. You do it all by yourselves, when you are unable to achieve anything on your own. You can not even learn the skills necessary to do the job.

      Nadia Graf - 2014-06-18 12:02

      James those growth hormones your refer to obviously missed the most important part ie the brain.

      Jethro Hulana - 2014-06-26 09:11

      so white commercial farmers, there u go again taking credit4all succeses only...obviously u don't employ any dumb blacks on ur farms coz u do it all x urself. huh! #inmybestpeabrain xpression.

  • Gerald du Rand - 2014-06-18 05:06

    As soon as they start work on the farm, they will demand R12,500 per month salary plus perks. The A.N.C. will encourage strike action if the demands are not met.

  • Reinhild-Heimo B√∂hmer - 2014-06-18 05:46

    There are certain basic drivers of sustainable job creation: among them are profitability,level of risk and sustainability. Furthermore jobs should preferably be created in the private sector for the tax coffers to burst out of their seams - leaving the govt with more money to spend on maintenance of infrastructure and new capital projects. Mister Prez - if you REALLY want to create many new jobs - you should look at the basics and leave it to the job creators to do what they are best at doing !Your role as a government should be to make it easy and simple for everybody to create jobs. The Government cannot spend itself into wealth - neither can workers strike themselves into wealth !!

      David Wolpert - 2014-06-18 07:24

      A really good blog!

  • Zahir - 2014-06-18 07:52

    With all farm strikes and labour unrest this will never happen

  • Susan Pretorius - 2014-06-18 11:12

    Maybe more ministers employing people looking after their cattle for the bargain price of r 800 per month?

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