The National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (NERPO) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Pretoria on 23 October. Bishop Paradise Mahlangu was reelected as chairman to serve for his fifth time. During the meeting the organisation adopted a list of resolutions. A summary can be seen below.
NERPO 2017 resolutions
- NERPO endorses the resolutions that were passed by the African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) AGM on 22 October 2017, with respect to:
- A speedy land reform process that allows black farmers of South Africa to hold title deeds and have security of tenure.
- Comprehensive and coordinated post settlement support programme that enables black farmers to grow as commercial farmers.
- Improved access to finance for commercially-oriented farmers.
- Implementation of a transformation barometer.
- More efficient drought and disaster management.
- Access to water rights by black farmers.
- Review of the reforms that have taken place since the deregulation of agriculture.
- Improved provision of energy on farms.
- NERPO is concerned that stock theft continues to be a menace, costing the livestock sector over R800 million per annum. More worrying are the allegations that police officers are involve in stock theft syndicates.
- NERPO calls upon DAFF and the security cluster to come up with effective methods of curbing stock theft.
- NERPO reiterates the call for heavy sentences for stock thieves, as is practised in neighboring countries such as Namibia and Zimbabwe.