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Use land or lose it - Nkwinti

2010-03-02 19:04 Cape Town - The "use it or lose it" principle will be applied firmly to redistribute farmland to ensure South Africa's agricultural output does not decline further, minister of land reform and rural development, Gugile Nkwinti, said on Tuesday.

"There is not going to be any compromise on that part. The only thing that we thought we should strengthen is the support."

He said it was untenable that more than 90% of the 5.9 million hectares of land the state bought for emerging farmers was not productive and that the state was therefore losing revenue.

He said 15 years after the post-apartheid state introduced land reform, it was "not close to completing the process except in the Western Cape". He reiterated that government would not meet its target of turning over 30% of arable land to the black majority by 2014 as the state simply does not have the R72bn needed to achieve this.

It is now scheduled to be published at the end of May.