Farm­ing co-op­er­a­tion call


AGRISA pres­i­dent Jo­hannes Moller con­demned rad­i­cal­ism and called on lead­ers to re­frain from mak­ing in­flam­ma­tory and ex­trem­ist state­ments that gave rise to the vi­o­lence against the farm­ing com­mu­nity.

Moller was ad­dress­ing stake­hold­ers at the AgriSA 2017 con­gress in Mul­der­s­drift yes­ter­day.

He told stake­hold­ers in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try that they needed to work to­gether if they wanted a South Africa that worked.

While the meet­ing high­lighted the im­por­tance of strate­gic part­ner­ships for the coun­try, Moller said sev­eral of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pro­vin­cial struc­tures em­barked on train­ing ini­tia­tives that aimed to im­prove skills and knowl­edge of emerg­ing black farm­ers. It was im­por­tant for the or­gan­i­sa­tion to form part­ner­ships that in­spired hope and per­se­ver­ance so that farm­ers kept farm­ing ir­re­spec­tive of the po­lit­i­cal cli­mate of the day. The event brought at­ten­tion to chal­lenges con­fronting the agri­cul­tural sec­tor such as dam­age to pro­duce, water scarcity and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

Moller said: “Our econ­omy is at an all-time low with growth of less than 1% and prospects look­ing dis­mal of re­cov­ery in the short term. The agri­cul­tural sec­tor, af­ter the 2016 drought, bounced back with a 22% uptick – by far the best-per­form­ing sec­tor in the econ­omy,” he said.

He said the sec­tor couldn’t tackle the problems it faced in iso­la­tion and needed con­tin­ued en­gage­ments with the govern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor.

Fund­ing for emerg­ing farm­ers and land re­form were im­por­tant is­sues for the in­dus­try.

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