Conference to address SA land imbalances
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
PRETORIA – AGRI SA, the South African agricultural body, is this week set to host its annual congress which is set to feature the emotive issue of the redistribution of land.
The congress is slated for the capital, Pretoria, on Thursday and Friday with all stakeholders in the agriculture attending.
AgriSA Media Liasion Officer, Thea Liebenberg, confirmed the conference would tackle lots of questions on the land question.
In a statement, Liebenberg said AgriSA President, Johannes Möller, would elaborate on his organisation’s guiding principles and proposals on land reform.
He said the elaboration would take place on Thursday at immediately after the policy session.
Liebenberg said the theme of the conference was dubbed: “Family Farming in a Transforming Society.”
This is in line with United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation theme for 2014, “Celebrating the Immense Contributions of Family Farming to Societies around the Globe”.
“Agri SA also noted the priority which government attaches to agriculture as contributor to rural development, employment and food security as endorsed by the National Development Plan,” the AgriSA statement reads.
Among other key government ministers to grace the AgriSA conference include Rural Development and Land Reform minister Gugile Nkwinti, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana.
The event comes amid South Africa’s land issue continues unresolved.
Tensions are rising with the mostly black poverty-stricken majority rallying behind the radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF’s) call for expropriation of land without compensation.
The mainly white community, which owns the bigger portion of land, is contesting the EFF call.
EFF is gaining much support in the country due to its radical economic approach, which seeks to correct the land imbalances and displacements by former colonial masters.
As a result, EFF is now advocating for the land to be taken and declared state asset for the purposes of fair redistribution without compensation, a development vehemently challenged by some quarters.
Government had since independence 20 years ago advocated for a “willing buyer, willing seller” approach, with little success.
– CAJ News
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