Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas has called for the
"We must also bear in mind that jobs in the agricultural sector, if you are to massify them it is only going to be by driving small scale agriculture, but largely growth and jobs will be driven by growing commercial agriculture in a very significant way," Deputy Minister Jonas said on Monday.
Speaking at the release of the Land Bank Annual Results, in Midrand, Deputy Minister Jonas said
"The question we must ask, in particular the institutions that are supposed to drive agriculture development, is what are the new instruments that we need to come up with to drive commercialisation of agriculture in those parts of the country.
"If you go back to the National Development Plan (NDP), ... it says we must peak and support commercial agriculture sector and support regions that have higher potentials for growth and employment in the agriculture sector," Deputy Minister Jonas said.
He said he might sound unpopular because all post independent countries tend to think solutions only lie in small scale farming.
"I think as a bank you must ensure that you drive twin programmes of driving commercial agriculture in a very rigorous way because that is crucial.
"At the same time you must ensure you create better support packages, better support systems for small scale farming, improve infrastructure and improving better access to markets for that sector," Deputy Minister Jonas said.
Mdlalose said the
She said the bank was committed to conducting its business in a responsible manner.
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