Safety and security on South African farms continue to be one of the main challenges that the sector has to grapple with. Particularly galling are crimes like stock theft and attacks on farmers and farmworkers.
Speaking at the Agri SA Congress 2019 in Pretoria on 10 October, the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, highlighted some of the difficulties that were limiting growth and investment in the agriculture sector.
She highlighted the impact that security concerns were having on farmers, saying that in some regions stock theft had become such a big problem that it was no longer possible for farmers to continue keeping sheep, or even cattle, in those areas.
Commenting on the larger, societal impact of crime in rural areas, Didiza said that the death of a single farmer reverberated throughout the sector, creating a sense of fear for all those working in the farming sector.
According to an article on FarmersWeekly, the Minister also referred to the hardship that had befallen many farmers due to drought conditions in various regions.