Agri SA, a federation of agricultural organisations, was established in 1904 as the South African Agricultural Union and consists of nine provincial and 24 commodity organisations.
Essentially Agri SA, through its affiliated membership, represents a diverse grouping of individual farmers regardless of gender, colour or creed. Agri SA’s policy advocacy includes work on trade negotiations, industrial policy, taxation, financing, land reform, labour laws, training, farmer development, environmental affairs, water rights and water pricing, other input-related issues, farm safety, law and order, infrastructure, technology development and transfer, statistical information and local government.
Furthermore, the organisation maintains an extensive communication network with its members and other affected communities, organisations and individuals.
Agri SA is a member of high-level business, trade and agricultural entities including Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) , the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) and the Cairns Group Farm Leaders.
Agri SA communicates with its members via its two-monthly magazine, namely Agri (incorporating Die Boer/The Farmer) and an electronic newsletter. It is also responsible for programme content for an agricultural radio programme aired on RSG.
Agriculture in South Africa remains an important sector despite its relatively small contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP). The sector plays an important role in terms of job creation, especially in rural areas, but is also a foremost earner of foreign exchange.
Agriculture’s prominent indirect role in the economy is a result of backward and forward linkages with other sectors. Purchases of intermediate goods and services form backward linkages with the manufacturing sector, while forward linkages are established through the supply of raw materials to industry.
Approximately 70% of agricultural output is used as intermediate products. Agriculture is therefore a crucial sector and a key driver of growth for the rest of the economy – a fact also acknowledged in policy-related documents such as the National Development Plan 2030.
Essentially the Development Plan entails that agriculture – both emerging and commercial – should still be afforded the opportunity to contribute optimally to economic growth, job creation, foreign exchange earnings and development of the industrial sector within a safe and non-discriminatory environment.
Due to an unacceptable level of crime and violence in rural areas, Agri SA is preoccupied with ensuring a safe environment for all people involved in the agricultural sector. A sound working relationship has been established with the SAPS at both policy and operational level with a view of addressing the relevant rural safety problems..
Agri SA and its members:
1. respect and comply with the Constitution of the Republic South Africa in the formulation of its positions and related actions;
2. regard private property rights and a free market approach as points of departure for wealth creation;
3. focus on agricultural merits and act apolitically;
4. promote sustainable production practices, also in support of national food security;
5. do not subordinate its mandates to those of other organisations or movements in the public or private sector, or civil society as a whole;
6. maintain democratic principles in decision making; and
7.apply generally accepted practices of corporate governance.
“God bless South Africa”
Agri SA is a federation of agricultural organisations established in 1904 consisting of provincial and commodity organisations, representing a diverse grouping of individual farmers regardless of gender, colour or creed.