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Grain producers to fight South African land move if price too low

Author: Reuters

South Africa’s largest grain producers’ group would challenge government efforts to expropriate land for redistribution to blacks if the compensation offered falls below market prices, its chief executive said on Tuesday. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has brought an expropriation bill to parliament to let the state make compulsory purchases of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership. The bill has yet to be passed into law.


“If there is expropriation taking place without proper compensation then we would go to the Constitutional Court to get a ruling on that,” Jannie de Villiers, chief executive of Grain SA, told Reuters on the sidelines of an annual agricultural trade fair in the maize belt west of Johannesburg.


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