Government has used a one-day consultative meeting
with commercial farmers to help allay their fears about land grabs.
The consultative gathering was initiated by Rural Development and
Land Reform Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, with farmers’ organisations,
TAU SA, AgriSA and the Agricultural Business Chamber on Tuesday in
Speaking to reporters after their consultative
meeting, Deputy President of AgriSA, Dr Theo de Jager, said: "From
the farming community, there are always fears that there might be
Zimbabwean-style land grabs by the civil society. We are glad that
today we’ve come a long way to bridge the gap between commercial
farmers and government on issues of insecurity. We are grateful and
it is refreshing that from now onwards, we will be working together
with government and other stakeholders on all issues affecting us."
TAU SA chairperson of the central Gauteng region,
Wannie Scribante, said: "It is true that some farmers are leaving
the country because of the so-called land grab fears. However, as
the farmer’s organisation, we don’t want to jeopardise everything in
the industry, which is economically viable. We don’t want to see the
farming industry going down the drain."
Scribante said following their consultative meeting
with the minister, though there is still more to be done, they are
looking forward to working with government and other stakeholders in
finding reasonable solutions regarding land reform in the country.
It was Nkwinti who announced that together with the
farmers’ unions, they would be drafting legislation on an Office
Valuer-General (OVG), Land Management Commission (LMC) and Land
Rights Management Board, which would support land reform. "We’ve all
agreed to work together, but we will continue to engage each other.
This is a tremendous achievement since we are now moving in the same
direction," he said.
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