He announced in the Eastern Cape last week that many of the farms returned since 1994 had been left derelict and were not being worked. Ramaphosa said he would order a study to be made on all the returned agricultural land and what could be done with it to change socio-economic conditions.
His remarks come after commercial farmers expressed concerns over an announcement published in the Government Gazette last month that codes for black empowerment would be adjusted and require a quarter of farms to be owned by black people whose produce should be sold to the government.
The ANC has been vocal on the land issue and resolved at its elective conference last month to amend the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation, as part of the radical economic transformation agenda.
Ramaphosa has stressed that this would be done in a way so as to not threaten food security and agricultural production.