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KZN’s productive land lying idle

Author: Nokuthula Ntuli

Vast tracts of once productive land in KwaZulu-Natal were lying idle despite efforts to uplift emerging farmers, Agriculture MEC Cyril Xaba told commercial farmers and agricultural organisations in Durban on Tuesday.  About 335 000 hectares of agricultural land, awarded through the government’s land reform programme, were affected

Xaba said most of the underutilised land was in the hands of communal property associations and community trusts.

A Department of Agriculture official, Carlos Boldogh, said the government was considering partnering established commercial farmers in funding the revitalisation of unproductive and new farms.

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