n Farmer’s Weekly - Emerging farmers must be empowered : by invitation




The day the agricultural sector in South Africa is fully transformed will be a proud day indeed. We want to see a stable and profitable agricultural sector. South Africa needs black commercial farmers. The poor in rural areas need to be empowered, and household food security is essential. To achieve stability, the industry needs to become more inclusive. But we need to change the current manner in which we transfer skills and educate new farmers. Radical land reform, as included in the current Green Paper on Land Reform, is not the answer. It seems as if some of the proposals in the Green Paper are based on the negative perceptions that all farmers are rich and refuse to 'share', and that farm workers are cruelly treated.


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