In an exercise to help potential investors make informed decisions in the midst of debate about expropriation of land without compensation, Statistics SA is going around the country to establish the size, structure and economic contribution of commercial farms. The agency will deploy about 600 field workers around the country from October 15, and hopes to complete the work in June 2019. The results should be published five months later. The investigators will seek to determine the number, size of farms and crop types being farmed in various areas. Statistician-general Risenga Maluleke said on Monday that the census was important for helping investors make evidence-based decisions. Maluleke urged farmers to co-operate with the field staff.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation recommends that a country conducts a census of agriculture at least every 10 years. "The general objective of the census of commercial agriculture is to collect basic quantitative information on Sout...

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