We need capable public servants who are responsive to the cries of our people

We need capable public servants who are responsive to

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strong institutions of state. We need capable public servants who are responsive to the cries of our people. We need to strengthen the land administration. We need a functional land claims court to quicken the resolution of land and land question. Alignment between departments is critical in order to support those who have become beneficiaries of land reform. W€ agree with you, Mr President, that land has a broader function beyond agriculture. It is for this reason that we support the release of public land for human settlement and industrial development. We call upon municipalities, provincial governments and state entities to make land available as per your injunction. The alignment of policies and programmes will ensure that categorisation of support in land and agrarian reform has the
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 366 agility to benefit the small farmer and transfer the required skills. We will tap into the experience acquired from the era of the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programmes, Casp, Communal Property Associations, and the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme, CRDP, to the era of the Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy, PLAS. As we extract the tough lessons from this era of implementation, there will be an improved clarity as to who is targeted by this radical policy injunction. We must continue to embrace farming models that have an impact on local economies and improve livelihoods, especially with regard to rural development. The agripark networks are progressive programmes because they enable market-driven combination and integration of various agricultural activities as rural transformation services. Government has undertaken a comprehensive approach to land reform because it is also anchored on improving the productive capacity of our producers for both local consumption and export
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 367 markets. Our imports of agricultural products have increased by 7% during 2018. Hence, we need to respond in a manner that improves our food security and expands the markets. Accordingly, Mr President, you spoke about substantially expanding the agricultural and agro-processing sectors by supporting key value chains and products, and reducing our reliance on agricultural imports. In this context, private investment also remains part of the equation in land reform. Access to markets is the biggest challenge faced by black emerging small-scale farmers who are trying to graduate to becoming full commercial farmers. In this context, again, the importance of the state to engage in this programme of expanding support to key value chains and products within the agricultural sector cannot be over-emphasised. In addition, efforts to resolve electricity issues will directly have a positive impact on farmers.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 368 We will be meticulous in passing legislation that will limit the subdivision of agricultural land so that food security is not threatened.
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