“There are around 250,000 small emerging farmers who are working the land and need support in fully developing their businesses. Through an accelerated programme of land reform, we will work to expand our agricultural output and promote economic inclusion,” he said.

Ramaphosa said government’s policy and legislative interventions would ensure that more land was made available for agriculture, industrial development and human settlements.

“I wish to commend the many South Africans who participated in the work of the Constitutional Review Committee in the dialogue that ensued through the length and the breadth of the country.

“I applaud the members of the Constitutional Review Committee for remaining focused throughout this period and sifting through the submissions that were made by ordinary South Africans and their organisations,” he said.

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He added that a panel of experts established to advise government on its land reform programme was expected to table its report by the end of March.

This was one of the initiatives to fast-track the national land reform programme and headed by Dr Vuyo Mahlathi.

The president told Parliament that land parcels owned by the state had been identified for redistribution as part of accelerating land reform.

“As part of accelerating land reform, we have identified land parcels owned by the state for redistribution. Strategically located land will be released to address human settlement needs in urban and peri-urban areas,” he said.

– African News Agency

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