Farm workers given land
Farm workers in Bathurst and Oudtshoorn were among beneficiaries allocated farms this week under the Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) programme.
A total of R215 million was approved under the department’s Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy (PLAS) this week.
“One of the farms we have identified in the Eastern Cape‚ Bathurst‚ is going to be used as a pilot project for the policy on Strengthening the Relative Rights of People Working the Land Policy (50/50 Policy)‚” said Mdu Shabane‚ the Director-General of DRDLR.
The farm workers will partner the existing owner and another co-op with extensive experience in the agricultural sector‚ Shabane said. The farm produces pineapples on 137‚8000 ha.
Meanwhile‚ farm workers in Oudtshoorn were leased a farm that produces tobacco‚ lucerne‚ and breeds ostriches.
Land was also allocated to women‚ youth‚ and military veterans and agricultural graduates who farm with livestock‚ crops‚ deciduous fruit‚ and dairy. The department’s National Land Allocation and Recapitalisation Control Committee (NLARCC)‚ which is chaired by Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha‚ processes the applications before they are brought to the Minister‚ Gugile Nkwinti‚ for concurrence.