The agricultural organizations participating in the Nampo-Harvest Day exhibition in Botaville, Frystadt, are ambivalent about the new master plan for agriculture and agricultural processing. Minister Toka Didiz is pleased with the program, but not all stakeholders.
While AgriSA signed the document, TLU-SA did not. The plan aims to expand cooperation between the agricultural sector and the government.
The Master Plan for Agriculture and Agriculture Processing aims to transform the sector and address infrastructure, food security and support for local farmers.
It also aims to help more than 20 value chains fully unleash their potential. AgriSA head Christo van der Reed says the organization was involved in drafting the document.
“Our role was to identify the risk because radical plans were put on the table and we had to make sure those plans weren’t included in the plan at the end of the day. But all the more so because the plan focused on issues important to food security, such as roads, infrastructure, farmers ’safety, expanding markets and ensuring that farmers receive the support they need. It also takes care of farmers and supports farmers who want to be part of the sector. ”
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Van der Reed says the priority now is to implement the master plan for agricultural processing and ensure that targets are not violated. The government is an important stakeholder, but it lacks critical resources.
“The government largely lacks competent people, and that is why we, as people, have a great opportunity to take on this role. We can never take on the role of government, but we can play a big role in making sure that the agenda remains clear and caring and ensures food security. ”
However TLU-SA is still skeptical, general manager Benny van Zyl says the organization’s concerns have never been taken into account, despite the fact that it has represented it at least eight times.
He says they are worried that the market is not taken into account.
“In 2005, we unveiled a plan on how we can help new farmers to make sure we do it on a good, principled basis, with an economic orientation, because ultimately market principles are a crucial measure that will make sure who will be the farmer.
“If you succeed, you will be there, otherwise you will not be. It is our concern that this principle is not taken into account in this plan. That’s why we are worried now, because it looks at the ideological plan, not the economic one. ” – Report by Marline Fouche