National 20.8.2016 07:01 am

President Jacob Zuma opens pilot farm project

File Picture: President Jacob Zuma

File Picture: President Jacob Zuma

The ground-breaking Westcliffe Farm agreement will see workers and farm owners become co-owners of the farming enterprise.

President Jacob Zuma will today launch the first farm, entering the pilot phase of the policy framework on strengthening the relative rights of people working the land, also known as the 50/50 farming policy, at Westcliffe Farm in uMshwathi local municipality, near Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal.

The department of rural development and land reform, in partnership with the National Empowerment Fund, concluded the ground-breaking Westcliffe Farm agreement, which will see workers and farm owners become co-owners of the farming enterprise.

One of the first pilot projects to conclude such an agreement, Westcliffe Farm is 514ha in extent, with 270ha sugar cane, 140ha of timber and 10ha of irrigated cabbage.

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti first announced the introduction of the policy framework in 2014 as part of efforts to ensure farm workers benefit from owning shares in the farms on which they work, as well as providing them with security of tenure.

Among other things, the policy aims to secure tenure for farm workers, while seeking to transform land ownership patterns in the country and empowering workers to acquire shares in farming enterprises.

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