14 May, 2015
Govt to transfer 8.9 million hectares of land by 2030
PRETORIA: Government needs to transfer 8.9 million hectares of
agricultural land by 2030 in order to meet the National Development Plan
(NDP) target, says Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister
Delivering the departmental Budget Vote speech for the financial year
2015/16, Deputy Minister Skwatsha said chapter 6 of the NDP sets a
target of transferring 20% of agricultural land to black people by 2030.
said 20% of the 82 million hectares of agricultural land translates
into 16.4 million hectares. From 1994 to December 2014, the state
transferred 7.5 million hectares, or 46% of the 16.4 million hectares,
to black farmers.
"Of the 7.5 million hectares already
transferred, 4.4 million hectares were redistributed land and 3.1
million hectares was restitution in settlement of land claims.
"To meet the NDP target we need to transfer another 8.9 million hectares of agricultural land by 2030," he said on Friday.
2009, government has acquired 1.76 million hectares of land. For the
2014/15 financial year, the department acquired 209 580 hectares, at a
cost of R1.2 billion.
For the current 2015/16 financial year, he
said, they intend acquiring 208 350 hectares at a cost of R1.253
billion. Of this, R141.19 million will be spent on acquiring land for
farm dwellers, and R132.19 million for labour tenants.
to the deputy minister, the intention of land acquisition is to recreate
the class of black commercial farmers which was deliberately destroyed
by the 1913 Natives Land Act and similar colonial and apartheid laws.
his State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma outlined a nine
point plan to ignite growth and create jobs. The second of the nine
points is "Revitalising agriculture and the agro-processing value
Recapitalisation and Development Program
Minister Skwatsha said this is the context in which the department is
implementing and refining the Recapitalisation and Development Program
The RADP was launched in 2010 with the objectives of:
- increasing agricultural production;
- guaranteeing food security;
- graduating small farmers into commercial farmers; and
- creating employment opportunities in the agricultural sector.
programme was designed to help struggling land reform farms that have
received insufficient support, but have the potential to become
successful. He said the farms were supposed to receive technical and
financial support from the department.
Since the inception of this programme, R3.2 billion has been spent on recapitalisation.
Poultry in Dr Kenneth Kaunda district which received RADP money, now
has a contract with Supreme Poultry to whom they sold over 270 000 birds
in December 2013.
The average weight per Selami Poultry chicken was more than the industry average.
also singled out the Mont Piquet farm near Piketberg in the Western
Cape as another example of resounding success. "Exports of table grapes
have increased, season to season, and are exported to more than 50
"There are 34 beneficiaries and approximately 600
temporary employees. These are just a few instances of success. There
are many more good stories to tell," he said.
Minister Skwatsha said the work on establishing the Agri-Parks is
already underway, adding that the department has put aside R2 billion
for the Agri-Parks.
He said R626.3 million will be used for
acquisition of 185,000 hectares of strategically located land for small
holder farmers who will produce within the Agri-Parks.
A further R362.8 million for recapitalisation and development of farms which form part of the Agri-Parks.
will also be allocated for production of key commodities identified in
the APAP for the Agri-Parks, by rural producers outside of the land
reform farms. This includes rural village-based producers and owners of
their own land," he said.
Source : Bizcommunity