The government has finalised 30-year leases with 900 farmers to enable them to mobilise funding for agricultural development, President Cyril Ramaphosa says. “These measures are part of the broader effort to unleash an agricultural revolution in SA. The epicentre of this revolution will be in the rural areas of our country,” Ramaphosa said on Tuesday in his address to officially open the National House of Traditional Leaders. “Our first task is to accelerate inclusive economic growth and create jobs. The most direct way out of poverty for our people is through employment and other productive economic activity, such as small business ownership and farming,” he said. The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies says more than 70% of commercial farms in SA are owned by white farmers. There are about 39,000 white commercial farmers and 5,300 black farmers, according to the African Farmers Association of SA. In many instances, black farmers struggle to get access to markets, fina...

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