Complex land proposal irks agriculture sector

The land institute says a proposal awarding portions of land to labourers should be carefully interrogated.

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies institute says a proposal awarding portions of land to labourers should be carefully interrogated.Picture: sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies says government and farmers need to carefully interrogate a proposal, which would allow the state to award portions of farms to labourers.

The proposal has irked some in the agriculture sector.

It stipulates that 50 percent of all commercial farms should be ceded to workers and land owners will be compensated.

The institute's Ruth Hall says the proposed legislation in its current form is ambiguous.

"There's a fundamental ambiguity here. Is it the land itself or is it the equity and the business? At some points in the document it suggests that it's actually the land and at other points that it's equity in the business."