land & agriculture
Laying the groundwork for SA’s emerging farmers
Thoko Didiza takes up the position of overseeing the newly reconfigured agriculture department at a difficult time for the sector. SA’s black emerging farmers hope she will prioritise their needs
Smallholder farmers have called on the government to address issues bedevilling the sector to grow the embattled economy. Specifically, they want Thoko Didiza, minister of the newly reconfigured agriculture, land reform & rural development department, to champion their struggles.
Didiza is an old hand in the land portfolio, having served as deputy agriculture minister from 1994 to 1999, and as agriculture & land affairs minister from 1999 to 2006...