President Ramaphosa urges citizens to take up farming to ensure food security for SA

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged citizens to venture into farming to ensure food security for the country.

He says government has committed to the issue of land reform and land is going to be redistributed.

The President has officially handed over title deeds totalling R25 million to black farmers at Tafelkop in Groblersdal in Limpopo. Ramaphosa says government will assist these farmers with the agricultural material they need.

Handover ceremony:

The beneficiaries have been farming on the land for about 25 years. They produce cotton, tobacco and fresh produce.

The President says, “We making a commitment as government as we want to upscale the agricultural sector and are going to give you support you need because we have seen with our own eyes that you are serious farmers and you want to become big commercial farmers. The governing party took a clear decision on the issue of land reform and redistribution.”

President Ramaphosa says government has the vision to hand over land to disadvantaged communities as part of land redistribution.

He says this is what government will do across the country.

“There is a total of 32 households who are supported by this land and the farming activities also provide employment for some 128 permanent workers. You will now be able to go to secure loans. You will now be able to go to get water rights so that you can water your produce. So that your production can go higher. You will also now be able to enter into long term contracts.”