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AgriSA: Agricultural Land Holdings Bill won't have positive impact

AgriSA’s Annelize Crosby says they have warned government that the bill which could ban foreign nationals from buying agricultural land must not be passed.

FILE: Wheat farming. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – AgriSA says a bill which could ban foreign nationals from buying agricultural land would be too expensive and difficult to implement if signed into law.

Last week, government published the regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill. The public has until 16 April to comment.

The organisation says internationally, the bill has failed.

AgriSA’s Annelize Crosby says they have warned government that the bill must not be passed.

“It does act against international trends where the forms are getting bigger. For economic reasons, farmers are forced to go that route. It’s been proven internationally not to work and not to have any positive impact on poverty alleviation.”