We will fight for better conditions

Inviting ANC president Jacob Zuma to address Grain SA’s annual congress was part of the organisation’s repositioning process, according to Grain SA general manager Dr Kobus Laubscher. He said Grain SA is increasingly being considered a vital part of agr

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Inviting ANC president Jacob Zuma to address Grain SA’s annual congress was part of the organisation’s repositioning process, according to Grain SA general manager Dr Kobus Laubscher. He said Grain SA is increasingly being considered a vital part of agriculture and the economy and this was illustrated by Zuma’s eagerness to participate.

 “Our engagement with Zuma is the first of our in-depth negotiations with role players in South Africa,” explained Dr Laubscher. “The profitable production of affordable food is our non-negotiable reason for existence.” He said Zuma agreed to this in principle, but farmers shouldn’t think that government and agriculture will now agree on details. “But we’ll fight for better conditions, with government taking up its responsibility as a strategic partner.” – Annelie Coleman

Annelie Coleman represents Farmer’s Weekly in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape. Agriculture is in her blood. She grew up on a maize farm in the Wesselsbron district where her brother is still continuing with the family business. Annelie is passionate about the area she works in and calls it ‘God’s own country’. She’s particularly interested in beef cattle farming, especially with the indigenous African breeds. She’s an avid reader and owns a comprehensive collection of Africana covering hunting in colonial Africa, missionary history of same period, as well as Rhodesian literature.