All stakeholders in the agricultural sector must work together to combat the level of crime rural communities are facing, especially during the festive season. A group of stakeholders gathered in Pretoria to share ideas on how to tackle rural safety. During this meeting, the Agri Sector Unity Forum (Asuf) was tasked with forming an inclusive subcommittee to facilitate coordinated efforts between rural communities, service providers and other stakeholders to combat crime.
Accordingly, Asuf held a meeting in Centurion to discuss the safety of all farmers, farm workers and rural communities. Japie Grobler, chairperson of Asuf, called on farmers and farm workers to work closely with the police and their neighbours to bring an end to crime and to ensure a safe environment for everyone. Grobler also called on the public to financially support the Agri Securitas Trust Fund in their efforts to secure farming communities.
Farmer unions need cameras, drones, two-way radios and other technologies to help them to advance the safety of farming communities. Over the years, Agri Securitas has played a huge role in delivering a range of practical interventions to advance the safety of farmers and farm workers.