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Sekhoto-Iga, who also heads up the youth wing of the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (Afasa), participated in a live TV discussion on SABC2’s flagship show, Morning Live.

“The negativity (around farming) really comes from the results that we see today based on the plans we had when we first got into the new dispensation with regards to our country,” Sekhoto-Iga told TV Presenter Leanne Manas. “The idea was to transform the industry from it being dominated by white and big commercial farmers who are doing very well, and allowing new, black farmers to enter the space and also thrive.”

Most South Africans underestimate agriculture’s contribution to the economy. He said, “We need to realize that we feed about 55 million people on a daily basis. Our challenge is to educate the nation of the importance of the sector, and ultimately the importance of the farmer. If we can do that, we can develop a better country. The farmers’ contribution to this country is massive.”

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