Agriculture still a good investment
08:30 (GMT+2), Thu, 16 August 2012
By Annelie Coleman
Speaking at the recent Free State Agriculture Congress in Bloemfontein, Agri SA president Johannes Möller said farmers should invest in agriculture.
This was in contrast to recent pronouncements by Agri SA deputy president Dr Theo de Jager, who said he couldn’t tell farmers to invest in their farms due to political uncertainty regarding land reform. Möller said agriculture currently enjoyed the highest priority worldwide since World War II, and would play an increasingly important role in getting the world out of the current economic slump.
“That is why strategic planning by the broader agricultural industry is so important,” said Möller. “The tough days are gone. Growth is to be expected. Now is the time to invest in agriculture.” Uneven land distribution in South Africa is not only caused by market forces, and it’s fair that land reform challenges be addressed by government intervention as well, he said.
Agri SA will take a pro-active approach to issues such as absolute property rights and the erosion of water rights. “Agri SA is a civic co-operation organisation. That is why we will not hesitate to turn to the courts on behalf of our members and affiliations,” said Möller.