The African Farmers Association of South Africa says it is concerned about the implementation of all policies by the Department of Water Affairs. AFASA chairperson, Keith Middleton was speaking during the Free State National Water Resource Strategy workshop in Bloemfontein. He says it is shameful that only 200 out of the 3-000 hectares of water rights allocated to emerging farmers in the province six years ago, had been allocated.
Middleton says there has been progress in addressing capacity issues among emerging farmers.
The National Water Resource Strategy will be gazetted by March next year following the receipt of comments on water related issues from stakeholders countrywide.