MBOMBELA - Land reform is intended to ensure economic growth and continued support to farmers, acting President David Mabuza said on Saturday,
Speaking at the 2019 Mpumalanga Show at the Mbombela Stadium, he said the annual event showcased "the best we can offer in agriculture, forestry, wildlife, tourism, and related sectors".
Mpumalanga was known for its agricultural sector and the contribution that this sector made to the broader economy of the country. He thanked all those involved in the agriculture and forestry sectors for ensuring that the country remained food secure.
"As we embark on the land reform programme, which has gained traction with the resolution of parliament to amend section 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation, we do so to ensure economic growth and continued support to farmers," Mabuza said.
"Our agriculture continues to be a pivotal part of our economy. Our forestry gives us timber that supports other sectors like mining, rail and road construction, housing construction, furniture manufacturing, paper and pulp, ecotourism, and all other opportunities of an agricultural nature," he said.