Coverage of #Nampo2017

Land audit will calculate how much land SA government owns

Joining Eusebius McKaiser at the exhibition was Milaan Thalwitzer, Bosveld Group and Mike Mlengana, Director General Department Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries.

Discussions at the exhibition focused on land and agriculture.

Mlengana says it is difficult to pronounce on the amount of land owned by the South African government because a clean audit is yet to be done.

Some of the land is in the hand of chiefs, some if it is in trusts and some owned by mines.

Mike Mlengana, Director General Department Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries

Mlengana adds that a land audit committee has been initiated by government.

He explains that land has categories.

There is land that we need for acquisition, there is land that we need for farming.

Mike Mlengana, Director General Department Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries

Mlengana admits that it is frustrating that the land audit is incomplete because the department would like to utilise some land for food security in the country.

Thalwitzer says it necessary for commercial farmers to get involved in joint ventures. Thalwitzer adds that the greatest challenge with land reform is ownership, title deeds and long-term leases.

You need support from government.

Milaan Thalwitzer, Bosveld Group

Read: Are We Ready For Land Distribution? Asks Mo Molemi

We don't talk enough to black farmers and business people at grassroots level. If we know one another better we can take agriculture and land reform forward much faster.

Milaan Thalwitzer, Bosveld Group

A young pig farmer, Koketso, phoned into the show.

We don't get enough funding as farmers. I've been in farming for the past six years and I've never received substantial funding from government.

Koketso, caller

Take a listen to the rest of Koketso's call here and listen to the discussion with the guest at Nampo:

Listen to the clip below for the full conversation on resolving land issues to improve agriculture:

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