AFASA wants speedy conclusion on development support
12:08 Tue, 25 Jun 2019
AFASA wants speedy conclusion on development support | News Article
The African Farmers Union (AFASA) has called on government for an accelerated conclusion of the national policy on comprehensive producer development support.

AFASA, chairperson Neo Masithela, says the policy needs to clarify the issue of funding black farmers. Masithela also says the union remains clear on its stance that land should be expropriated without compensation. This will contribute to equal redistribution for those who want to work the land. 

Masithela says black farmers note the public-private growth initiative, but work or plans done for farmers without farmers, will not be acceptable.   


No arrests have been made yet in connection with an attack on a man at a farm gate near Lichtenburg in North West. Police spokesperson, Aafje Botma, says the victim, Francois Labuschagne, arrived at the gate on Saturday evening after he locked up his shop in Gerdau earlier. 

She says he got out of his bakkie to open the main gate when three men attacked him with sticks. The keys to his shop was also taken after which his attackers fled the scene in his bakkie. The bakkie was later found abandoned near the farm.

Marius Müller, national operational coordinator of AfriForum, says according to his information Labuschagne sustained lacerations to the head. Müller says it is suspected that Labuschagne's attackers believed he had cash on him. 

Police are investigating a case of vehicle hijacking and assault. 


Wheat farmers in some areas in the Western Cape might receive some much-needed follow-up rain this week. Chief economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa, Agbiz, Wandile Sihlobo, says weather predictions indicate a possibility of between 13 and 30 millimetres of rainfall this week in areas in the Western Cape, which is South Africa's main winter wheat producer. He says follow-up rain remains a primary focus in the South African wheat market.

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