Shadow minister visits farmers

THABAZIMBI – The DA’s shadow minister of agriculture, Annette Steyn (LP), the DA provincial leader and member of the provincial legislature, Jacques Smalle and deputy shadow minister of basic education and constituency head of Phambili DA, Desiree van der Walt (LP) together with local councillors visited the agricultural sector in Thabazimbi. The visit was arranged in consultation with the Northam Agricultural Union. Discussions were held with farmers regarding crops as well as the wildlife and livestock industries. Many topics were discussed, which include: problems with input costs, electricity charges, labor, grain prices, water quality and availability, land redistribution and transformation, the veterinary industry, exchange rate, foreign investors and tourism. Questions raised and suggestions made will be discussed in the near future in the relevant departments where it can serve as an aid to the agricultural sector to more successfully assist in difficult conditions.