n Farmer’s Weekly - Why we need to follow India's example : global farming

Volume 2016, Issue 16018
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



To feed our growing population we have to increase the speed of agricultural development, especially the development of large-scale commercial farms that can afford to use the latest technology. But the agriculture sector is in a recession, shrinking by annualised values of 18%, 19,7%, 12,6% and 14% in the four quarters of 2015, according to Statistics SA. The sector's contribution to the GDP for 2015 contracted by 8,4%. The drought, high input prices and weaker product prices had a negative effect on farmers, and for the first time in many years, South Africa must import maize. Commercial farmers are also discouraged from investing in improved production by a plethora of laws that increase the cost of doing business. The agriculture department focuses most of its efforts on the emerging sector, and commercial farmers receive relatively little support. In the department's budget speech, the "continued dominance of large players in the sector" was cited as a "challenge". Clearly, government's goal is transformation at all cost. Even so, its performance in transforming agricultural land is nothing to be proud of. Only136 000ha were put under cultivation through government programmes in 2015.

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