SOUTH AFRICA’S BLACK FARMERS WANT MORE GOVT SUPPORT

The African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) has accused the government of failing to transform the lives of black farmers, saying that they fear for their future should there be a change of government after the 2019 general election.

The disillusioned farmers, who have taken to the streets, believe that the government has lost the compass on matters of farming. They want a well co-ordinated, systematic and comprehensive support by the government to enable them to own land and be profitable and sustainable.

In a memorandum to the government, they also said they want 50 commercial black farmers to be developed in each province every year over the next 10 years as well as an adequate budget for farm acquisition and development.

Afasa Secretary-General Aggrey Mahanjana said here Tuesday: “Come 2019, chances that we can be kicked out of these farms are very high. Farmers are very scared because we don’t have any tittle deeds to these farms.

“Some of us don’t even have lease agreements. We are squatters on our fathers’ land and the foreigners are staying and foreigners are the landlords.”

The Presidency promised to respond in writing within seven days. An official at the Presidency, Shemy Masheu, said: “We are going to study the memorandum very carefully and engage other government departments which will directly be affected by the demands in this memorandum.”

Source: Nam News Network