Agriculture Role-Players to Improve Partnership in Agriculture in SA REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Presented by Mr Thozi Gwanya: Chief Land Claims Commissioner on behalf of the Minister for Agriculture & Land Affairs, Ms Lulu Xingwana Agri-Outlook Conference : CSIR Conference Centre 26 OCTOBER 2007 PRETORIA Greetings Programme Director, Dr Briedenhann REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Dr Herman van Schalkwyk (CEO: AMT) LAND & AGRICULTURE DG for DLA, Mr Glen Thomas Dr Kobus Lindeque of Monsanto Acting CEO of Land Bank, Dr Phil Mohlahlane Honoured Guests Ladies & Gentlemen Introduction Let me convey the best wishes from the Minister, who REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA could not be able to come, because of urgent LAND & AGRICULTURE commitments associated with her office. She has asked me to deliver this message on her behalf This Agri-Outlook Conference has continued to be a very important platform for Dialogue in the agriculture sector, you must continue to encourage all of us to talk. We are where we are today in South Africa because we agreed to talk it over into this democracy We are a proud rainbow nation today, united behind the Wining Rugby team, die BOKKE!! We say “Viva Die Bokke Viva!!” In this agriculture sector we must work as a team, if we are going to be counted among the nations of the world. Introduction In the short period that I have joined the sector I have declared my REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA commitment to provide support and leadership to all those involved in the sector, from the farm laborer, to the tractor driver, to the farm- LAND & AGRICULTURE owner to the markets I have also made myself available to go hunting with the farmers unions, (AgriSA, Nafu and TAU-SA) and none of them have taken me up on my offer! I have attended several meetings with the farmers unions and I know that we have agreed and disagreed on a number of issues. We have agreed on the need to provide support to agriculture, so that the contribution of agriculture to economic growth can improve significantly. We have agreed on the critical importance of the agricultural Sector Plan, even TAU-SA who were not signatories of the sector plan have agreed to participate in its review as well as in the Presidential Working Group on Commercial Agriculture, which they did not before. Introduction REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA We have disagreed on the participation of women at all LAND & AGRICULTURE levels of agriculture, from the farm to the markets. We have disagreed on the issue of farm evictions. I have disagreed with some of the farm dwellers on illegal farm occupations. I have condemned farm killings in the strongest possible terms. I know we disagree with some of the farmers on the purpose of land reform. Some of the farmers, such as TAU-SA have expressly said that they do not support our land reform program. A strong marriage is not measured by the non-existence of differences, but rather by the maturity with which the partners deal with their differences Priorities for New Dispensation Economic Rapid growth REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Basic services (water, energy) Growth & LAND & AGRICULTURE Employment Social inequalities, focus on Stability people & not things/ places Job Creation Access and participation Human capital development Poverty Infrastructural development Beneficiation Alleviation Sustainability Transformation REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA LAND & AGRICULTURE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA LAND & AGRICULTURE Critical Issues in Sector Plan United & prosperous agricultural sector REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Equitable access & participation LAND & AGRICULTURE Global competitiveness and profitability Sustainable resource management Good governance Integrated & sustainable rural development Knowledge management & innovation International Cooperation Safety & security Outcomes of the Sector Plan Creation of wealth in agriculture & rural areas REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Increased sustainable employment LAND & AGRICULTURE Increased incomes & foreign exchange earnings Reduced poverty & inequalities in land & enterprise ownership Improved farming efficiency Improved national household security Stable and safe rural communities, reduced levels of crime & violence, sustained rural development Improved investor confidence, leading to increased domestic foreign investment in agriculture Pride and dignity in agriculture as an occupation & sector of choice. Review of Sector Plan Review success indicators of the Sector REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Plan and progress made to-date, actions LAND & AGRICULTURE and omissions in all strategic pillars. We must be able to say whether or not we have met the objectives of the Sector Plan and if so, to what extent? consider views of the signatories to the Sector Plan regarding its implementation; consider value chain issues on the implementation of the Sector Plan; Review Sector Plan cont… In this review we must take into account REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA our history and ensure that issues of LAND & AGRICULTURE transformation , as captured in the AgriBEE are addressed, and thus there is broader participation and beneficiation of the previously disadvantaged people. identify any perceived policy gaps in the Sector Plan or in its implementation; and Review Sector Plan cont… Make recommendations regarding the REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Sector Plan coverage or its further LAND & AGRICULTURE implementation. Also critical are the issues of inclusivity and optimal participation of all; in the implementation of the sector plan, including TAU-SA. the Agribusiness Chamber, the South African Agricultural Processors’ Association, Women in Agriculture and Rural Development and the Food and Allied Workers’ Union etc. Partnership in SA Agriculture REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA acceptance Trust Respect LAND & AGRICULTURE commitment Recognition Successful Support Partnership Positive Attitude Strategic Partners for Partnership Organized Agriculture (Unions, including all sectors) REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Emerging Farmers LAND & AGRICULTURE Food Growers Farm Workers and Farm dwellers Government (esp. DoA, DLA, DTI, SARS, DPLG, SAPS, PDA, Municipalities) Women and Youth Groups in Agriculture Financial Institutions (Land Bank, ABSA, Sanlam, DBSA etc) Research Institutions (ARC, OBP, Universities, HSRC, CSIR ) Marketing & Trade Organisations (NAMC, WTO, etc) Enabling Environment : Partnership Identify sector needs that may unite the REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA sector LAND & AGRICULTURE Agree to disagree on specific issues Agree on strategy to address the needs & differences Regular focus sessions to be on the same page (shared understanding and approach) Reviews and assessment Support to Ministerial Advisory Council Sector needs Business REPUBLIC OF Supply-Side Demand-Side SOUTH AFRICA Environment LAND & AGRICULTURE —Limited water —Inadequate —Lack of shared All —Scarcity of arable land access to market vision across farmers —Soil degradation information role players —Climate change —Rising input costs —Inadequate focus on —Negative impact on —Limited innovation in risk new markets competitiveness 1st management —Limited product —Cost of compliance to economy innovation SPS & TBT standards farmers —High cost of —Limited access to compliance to labour —Limited access to markets legislation financial services 2nd —Poor infrastructure —Limited supporting —Inadequate basic services —Limited access to economy institutions local markets farming —Limited access to capital —Limited settlement challenges —Limited skills support —Slow Pace of Land Reform Conclusion Dialogue and Negotiations led to the SA miracle REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA The Implementation of the Sector Plan is the test for LAND & AGRICULTURE successful partnership in the agriculture sector Collective effort from both the Government and the sector Partners will take us where we want to go as the sector This country has many opportunities for all of us, we must simply learn to work together in the spirit and letter of the new SA Let me thank all those who have made constructive inputs at this conference. I hope we’ ll all make optimal use of the valuable knowledge. I Thank You.
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