IN RETURN GOVERNMENT IS EXPECTED TO:
• Review land reform policy and ensure enough financial support for land reform and AgriBEE. Manage expectations about what land reform can achieve. Focus on creating sustainable businesses as opposed to simply transferring land. Externalise the cost of land purchase for new entrants. The State (or a special agency) should initially buy and retain ownership of the land. The land can be leased to farmers and later sold or transferred to suitable candidates. Invest in education at school and tertiary level to train the next generation of black farmers. Streamline communication and co-ordination between sections of the DOALA. Replace suspicion and mistrust with pragmatism and support for a wide range of innovative arrangements and partnerships between the State, emerging farmers and established commercial farmers. This must be supported by appropriate concessionary finance from parastatals such as the Land Bank.
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