Nothing about us without us – Afasa

Afasa is concerned that politicians allegedly do not invite them to be part of key development programmes for farmers but only reach out to them when it’s time to launch the projects.

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One such case is the Nguni cattle breeding project to be launched by Gauteng Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Lebogang Maile at the Rus De Winter Farm outside Pretoria tomorrow (7 May).

The former provincial ANC Youth League chairperson is set to hand over 30 pregnant heifers and one breeding bull to three beneficiaries as part of plans to increase the number of black emerging livestock farmers in the province.

The cattle will be loaned to the beneficiaries for five years after which they would be required to return the same amount of cattle or the equivalent rand value.

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Afasa president Mike Mlengana said inasmuch as they supported the development of black farmers, they were wary about what seemed to be an ongoing culture of making farmers to be mere “beneficiaries and not participants” in projects intended for them.

This was one of the factors leading to failure of government projects, said a displeased Mlengana, who claimed to have requested numerous meetings with Maile but to no avail.

“We are going to take the matter up with President Jacob Zuma’s office now,” he said.