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Title:Emerging Black commercial farmers in Sakhisizwe local municipality area of South Africa: obstacles and opportunities
Author:Phiri, ChristopherISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Volume:24
Issue:2
Pages:97-122
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:farmers
land reform
Blacks
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Agriculture and state
Agriculture--Economic aspects
External link:https://doi.org/10.4314/jsda.v24i2.54274
Abstract:The recent political transformation in South Africa has laid the basis for economic change, including the emergence of Black commercial farmers. Through a case study of Sakhisizwe local municipality in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, this paper examines the prospects and challenges facing these farmers in this area, where they are engaged in both crop and livestock production, benefitting from the local government support facility rolled out under the land reform programme. This programme seeks to build a class of Black commercial farmers in an attempt to deracialize the agricultural sector and also achieve more comprehensive agrarian reform in rural South Africa. However, it appears that, despite having large pieces of land for both crop and livestock farming, the actual production of the emerging farmers is limited and the farmers continue to face many challenges. This is due to a major weakness of the land reform programme in South Africa, namely its poor mechanisms for post-transfer support for emerging Black commercial farmers occupying restored or redistributed land. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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