Excerpt from BIZ COMMUNITY article:

According to the recently launched ‘BFAP Baseline Agricultural Outlook 2019-2028’, South Africa’s agricultural sector needs to do more to support the targets of transformation, jobs, growth and land reform that have been set by the National Development Plan (NDP). Speaking recently at the report’s launch, Professor Ferdi Meyer, a board member of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), said that the future of the country’s agriculture sector would be dependent on government and industry making the right policy and investment choices.

He said that there were four critical policy issues, namely, land reform and farmer support which includes policy certainty and property rights; infrastructure and technology, including water infrastructure; increasing access for local farmers to the major international agricultural markets; and the development of statistical baseline information to understand activity within South Africa’s agricultural sector in terms of the entrants of small black farms (generally deemed those of about one hectare of land) and transformation.”

 

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