It said it would urgently engage the ANC on the contentious issue and that its recent national congress supported a motion emphasising the need and their support for land reform and transformation in the country.
“Grain SA will, as a matter of urgency, seek out and engage with the ruling party and make every effort to reach consensus on all aspects of this matter. Until such time as consensus is reached the current constitution is upheld,” said Grain SA, describing the matter as a difficult and emotional topic.
“Expropriation without compensation not only makes the unlocking of the value of land impossible for new farmers, it also erodes the very foundation on which our current grain production is financed,” the association said.
“Private property rights are recognised around the world and enshrined in our constitution for very good reason. Failure to uphold this will result in a catastrophic collapse of our economy.”