Grain SA wants reassessing of policy on land ceiling

Govt’s proposal suggests a limit of 1,000ha for a small commercial farm and 5,000ha for a large one.

FILE: Farmworkers on a Western Cape grape farm. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Farming group Grain South Africa has added its voice to growing calls for government to reasses its policy on land ceilings.

Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti last week announced government's plan to moot for land ownership ceilings which would see a restriction placed on farm sizes.

Government's proposal suggests a limit of 1,000 hectares for a small-scale commercial farm and 5,000 hectares for a large commercial farm.

But Grain South Africa's CEO Jannie de Villiers says the minister's proposed limits were set without proper consultation with farmers.

"Why is it that there is consultation with a group of stakeholders when you talk minimum wage but when you talk the numbers when it comes to the sizes of farms, why is it no consultation on that?"