- Land expropriation is still a highly contested issue in South Africa, and it confuses a lot of people
- As a result, young farmers are leaving the country in high numbers, heading to countries like Canada
- Agri SA says it is a serious problem and that the government is messing around with the nation's food.
South African farmers are seeking futures abroad thanks to the uncertainty around land expropriation. And it seems many of them are heading to Canada.
Other countries like Australia, Botswana, Zambia, Russia, Angola, and New Zealand are also favourites of farmers leaving the country.
As reported on by IOL News, Agri SA voiced its concern about this recently, saying it is a very serious problem.
Agri SA deputy president, Pierre Vercueil, said young farmers are leaving because they don't see a future for themselves in the country.
We are losing young farmers. They decide they cannot do this, they don't see a future to a certain extent.
We see immigration [of farmers from South Africa]. You just have to go the embassies and ask what is happening. Over the last 20 years, we have seen the decrease in farmers' numbers from something like 60 000 to 35 000, and this is escalating.
This comes after the National Council Of Provinces has agreed on the 5th of December to allow for amendments to be made to make land expropriation without compensation more explicit. That means that the motion is now a duly adopted resolution of Parliament, as reported earlier by Briefly.co.za.
Vercueil stated that the country has a 'brain-drain'.
This is the situation. We've got a brain-drain. We are landing ourselves in a situation where the future is being compromised by populist policies, which is not sustainable.
Francois Wilken, Free State Agriculture president, says the SA government shouldn't fool around with the country's food.
We as farmers are committed to produce enough food for the nation. That is why we need security of land. We can't produce if we haven't got title deeds or with the sword of expropriation without compensation over our heads. Don't fool around with the food at the nation's table. You cannot forever come and tell us that everything will be alright, then you get on a stage and destroy the industry. This won't work.
Agri SA has put together a legal team that will monitor the developments of land expropriation in the country.
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