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F.State Agriculture president allays land concerns

Thursday 10 August 2017 19:03

Maryna van Wyk

Free State Agriculture President, Dan Kriek, addressed leader farmers of Free State Agriculture at the organisation's annual conference in Bloemfontein.

Free State Agriculture President, Dan Kriek, addressed leader farmers of Free State Agriculture at the organisation's annual conference in Bloemfontein. (SABC)

Free State Agriculture President Dan Kriek,says land reform without compensation will not take place in South Africa.

Kriek addressed leader farmers of Free State Agriculture at the organisation's annual conference in Bloemfontein.

He says farmers have been showing courage to work together and resist recent political negativity in the country.

He told farmers that the sector is offering opportunities for new as well as established farmers.

The conference is attended by more than 350 leader farmers from all five regions in the province. Topics under discussion are marketing, the total value chain in the sector and how to enter the global markets.

For the first time this year, exhibitors in the agricultural sector can showcase their products and services.

Kriek says commercial farmers believe sound governmental policy can make the sector grow.

"We've all got a role to play, and I wanted confirmation and the members of FS Agriculture to reaffirm to the constitution, to non-racialism, and to enonomic models and plans and economic reality that can make a difference to people's lives," said Kiek.

Women in agriculture are playing an increasing role in the sector.

Anja Fourie, a producer of tomato products from Bethulie, says hard work ensures success.

"A small start is better than a no start, timeless tomatoes started with 600 plants, there is now 35 000 plants, there is a place for
women in agriculture, be positive, work hard and you will succeed," Fourie said.

Annette Vogel, a farmer-entrepreneur from Smithfield, is the owner of a wool manufacturing business : "I think the big thing is you have to have a passion for what you do, you mustn't start to big, start with something small and let it grow by itself. And you really
need the support of your family."

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