Cooperatives can unlock agri-sector potential
Cooperatives could unlock the potential of the agri-sector, said Theo de Jager, president of the South African Confederation of Agricultural Unions.
He had taken the floor in a panel discussion about the role of farmers’ associations in transforming the agriculture sector, at the recent AFASA Agribusiness Transformation Conference in Johannesburg.
“We need to engage and build each other at farm level, and leave no choice for policy makers at national level to work with one another” he said.
De Jager said he believes that the core business of the farmers’ association is advocacy and that influencing policy can be done through building trust and making partnerships.
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