The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has vowed that expropriation of land without compensation will not undermine agricultural production and food security. The ANC’s land reform drive has sparked concern for the agricultural sector and the broader economy. On Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the ANC would support an amendment to the Constitution that would make it clear how land can be expropriated without compensation. Speaking on the allocation of fishing rights, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana said the task of the department would be to roll out support programmes, train beneficiaries and conduct various hand-holding exercises “so that we don’t undermine agricultural production as an economic factor and food security for the country”. He said: “We anticipate more smallholder farmers to emerge out of this path we are embarking on and future commercial farmers and including their value chains.” He said the opportunity of owning ...

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