JOHANNESBURG – Agri group Agri SA says that the solution for the country's heated expropriation debate is to provide land for urban housing, industrialization and agriculture, while more black farmers need to be introduced in a sustainable and orderly manner.
Agri SA president Dan Kriek said the political solution was through friendly cooperation.
"South Africa is also faced with an economic dilemma of slow growth and unemployment, and the solution is to draw up a plan to provide housing for urban areas, land for industrialization and land for agriculture," Kriek said. .
"This needs to be aligned with the national development plan, we need more black farmers on more black farms in a sustainable and orderly way, we can not get ourselves out of trouble, we have to get ourselves out of trouble."
Agri SA declared itself at the current country summit in Limpopo that wants to find solutions for agricultural transformation and is part of the broader involvement of Agri SA in the government and other stakeholders as a representative of some 28,000 commercial farmers.
Kriek said that Agri SA was encouraged by Vice President David Mabuza's commitment that the government would oppose land grabbing and the invitation to participate in the inter-ministerial Land Reform Commission, a move that would enable the farm group to say in the deliberation.
– African News Agency (ANA)