Agriculture jobs creation questioned

The most recent quarterly labour force survey conducted by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) show that employment in agriculture increased by 8,8% over the past year.

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This figure corresponds well with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ (DAFF) fourth quarter performance report for 2011/2012 and with employment statistics quoted by the minister of agriculture, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, in her budget speech. But there is little confidence amongst members of the parliamentary oversight committee for agriculture and industry players about the veracity of these employment figures.

Read the full story in the 15 June 2012 issue of FW.