TAU SA has launched a strategy for sustainable agriculture which it hopes will change the face of agriculture in SA. “We want to break away from ideological and political plans and introduce a strategy that is based purely on economic viability,” said TAU president Paul van der Walt at the launch of the document in Pretoria last week. he union said it had been concerned about food security for some time, and drafted the strategy in an effort to facilitate discussion of the issues at stake. It called on all agricultural role-players to study the document and suggest any alterations. “We want to get a lot of outside support so we can all go to government with our concerns. We don’t want this to be a TAU document, but an agricultural document,” said Van der Walt.
Bennie van Zyl, SA’s general manager, said they wanted feedback by the end of June, so that the final document could be presented at the organisation’s annual congress in September. But he stressed that the document would never be closed for additional alterations. “We don’t pretend to have all the answers, and we want to make sure there is the freedom to update and change the document as necessary.” AU SA plans to take the document to the agriculture minister and the Presidential Working Group. The document is currently only available in Afrikaans, but an English version would be available once all the amendments were made. – Gwenda van Zyl