Rian Coetzee, head of the agro-processing unit at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) asks in a Business Day opinion piece, "why do we not see proper transformation of smaller-scale farmers into more commercially successful farmers?"
Driven by the retail sector through large supermarket groupings, the SA market is highly instrumental in facilitating dualism in the agricultural value chain. In addition, Coetzee says, the market is not addressing the racially divided nature of the sector, which struggles to facilitate real co-operation between small and large-scale farmers, Business Day
"Simply put", he says, "small-scale farmers need three things to thrive - access to markets, access to skills, and access to finance." Whereas in the past, agricultural co-operative, through a single marketing channel and support from the Land Bank, made it possible for small-scale farmers to access markets, skills and finances, "since democratisation and market liberalisation," he says in his Business
opinion piece, "the co-operative movement has struggled to give this comprehensive support to emerging farmers."
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