SONA fails to acknowledge farmers, drought
By Staff Reporter

Agri Eastern Cape has expressed disappointment about President Jacob Zuma’s 2016 State of the Nation Address (SONA).

 Doug Stern, president of Agri Eastern Cape, said the importance of South Africa’s farmers for food security had been “conveniently omitted”.

The 2016 SONA has been regarded as the most important one yet for agriculture as farmers battle to continue production under severe drought conditions.

In a statement prior to the address, Agri SA president Johannes Möller said farmers were struggling to farm productively and this was increasing the risk of farm worker retrenchments. Möller said he hoped the president would provide direction on these issues for the sector.

Zuma said that the government would continue to support the agriculture sector in provinces affected by the drought. Here he singled out the North West, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga; the Eastern Cape was not mentioned.

“What [Zuma] failed to mention is the action that would be forthcoming to farmers who are in desperate need of assistance as a result of the drought,” said Stern in a statement.

“The address was not stimulating or refreshing as the president did not deliver anything positive relating to agriculture.”

Join the conversation on our Facebook Page: Do you think President Zuma addressed the country's challenges? What are your views on ?#‎SONA2016??




We want to know more about you

Welcome to the farmer's weekly online community! Please tell us more about yourself so we can ensure we’re creating content that meets your needs. Click here to take the quick, anonymous Digital Industry Survey.



Related Articles >>

Standard Bank advises farmers to view agriculture as an investment vehicle

Drought-stricken agriculture sector needs more help!

Agriculture is still creating employment in SA

Financial advice for farmers

Tags: state of the nation address, sona, drought, agriculture
Comment
There is 1 comment on this article.
You need to be logged in to comment on articles. If you don't have an account yet, click here to register.
sekwadic says:
08:59 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, February 15, 2016
Its really disappointing to see government neglecting Agric sector that much, they will live to regret it though

Caxton Magazines encourages freedom of speech and the expression of diverse views. The views of users published on farmersweekly.co.za are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Caxton Magazines.
FW CALENDAR
Previous MonthJuly 2016Next Month
SMTWTFS
12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31
This week's poll
How do you guard against stock theft on your farm?
I am a member of a community watch group on WhatsApp.
Security guards patrol my farm day and night.
I have high fences and gates that are locked at all times.
There’s no need for preventative measures. I haven’t been targeted yet.
Last week's poll
Will you be attending #Nampo2016?
Yes, I’m looking forward to it. (15.22%)
No, I’m not interested. (71.56%)
I’m skipping it this year. Times are tough. (13.22%)
Yes, I’m looking forward to it.  (15.22 %) I’m skipping it this year. Times are tough. (13.22 %) No, I’m not interested.  (71.56 %) No, I’m not interested.  (71.56 %) Yes, I’m looking forward to it.  (15.22 %) I’m skipping it this year. Times are tough. (13.22 %) No, I’m not interested.  (71.56 %)
© 2016 Farmer's Weekly Magazine
All Rights Reserved
Terms and conditions