Northern Cape farmers fear losing land amid SKA project

Some farmers say the sustainability of their business could be compromised due to proposed expansions.

Science and Tech Department conducting community meetings in Northern Cape ahead of policy amendments relating to SKA. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some Northern Cape farmers fear they could their land amid developments around the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

SKA officials are this week conducting community meetings to discuss the impact of the initiative.

But some farmers say they're unconvinced the project will offer them any benefits.

Farmers in Van Wyksvlei say food security and the sustainability of their business could be compromised due to proposed expansions of the SKA project.

These developments are mapped out across vast tracts of farm land.

While some land has already been acquired, more than 100,000 hectares are still needed.

But some farmers don't believe adequate impact studies have been conducted.

Officials have however assured locals they will be compensated.

Community meeting will continue in Carnavon later today.