n Farmer’s Weekly - Quo vadis, organised agriculture? - global farming

Volume 2019 Number 19010
  • ISSN : 0041-848X


The end of February saw the launch of yet another farmers’ organisation, the South African Agricultural Initiative (SAAI). According to the organisation, its main purpose is to assist middle-sized commercial family farmers individually in crises such as land grabs and farm attacks. It reportedly differs from other national farmers’ organisations, such as Agri SA, TAU SA and the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa, by being structured as a national organisation rather than a federation. Afriforum and the Institute for Race Relations will provide administrative and technical assistance to the new organisation. Some farmers feel the existing national agricultural organisations focus on the interests of mega-farmers. As Dr Piet Croucamp recently pointed out, the scale of these mega-farmers’ operations and their very good relations with politicians create the impression they will be able to negotiate land reform solutions suited to themselves. Individual farmers are not members of Agri SA or TAU SA, but of the provincial agricultural unions through their local farmers’ organisations. They thus feel themselves removed from national organisations.

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