Agriculture, forestry and fisheries strategic framework and agricultural policy action plan approved (South Africa)

The cabinet of the South African government has approved the five-year agriculture, forestry and fisheries strategic framework and agricultural policy action plan. Says Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe: “The framework sets out the key challenges faced by the three sectors and proposes interventions in four areas namely equity and transformation; equitable growth and competitiveness, environmental sustainability and governance.ā€ He furthermore added that the action plan will be updated on an annual basis. “Land distribution is one of government’s programmes that has promoted equity but so far without accomplishing a great deal by way of transformation. Whereas the reconstruction and development programme declared that the main purpose of land distribution was to alter the structure of South African agriculture, [the policy] also seeks to support the sectors to grow the economy and create jobs,” Radebe said. ā€“ SAnews.gov.za