Members serving on Parliament's agriculture committee acknowledged that the agricultural reform
programme was in trouble, with at least half of transferred farms failing.
Ben Cousins, a professor of land and agrarian studies at the University of the Western Cape, said
while he did not believe Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti was right about
90 percent of transferred farms having failed, he believed it was still a high number but probably
nearer 50 percent.
20.09.2010 / Agbiz in the news
Farmers rattled by rising input costs and falling commodity prices are being
urged to diversify and cash in on the growing agricultural tourism, or agritourism,
According to estimates from GrainSA, an association representing farmers growing soya
beans, sunflower, maize and wheat, between 20% and 30% of its members face bankruptcy.
The association's members have four million tons of maize surpluses in silos.
By the government's own admission, nine out of 10 farms have degenerated to a lack of
productivity. Statistics show that the number of farms has declined by 20000 since 1993,
leaving 300000 workers without jobs. Employment in the sector has dropped from more than
a million to 796800.
19.09.2010 / Agbiz in the news