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January : BFAP Report Entitled “Farm Sectoral Determination: An Analysis of Agricultural Wages in South Africa

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10 January, 2013

BFAP REPORT ENTITLED "FARM SECTORAL DETERMINATION: AN ANALYSIS OF AGRICULTURAL WAGES IN SOUTH AFRICA"

Please find attached for your information a copy of the abovementioned report which was undertaken by the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) following labour unrest in De Doorns last year which was accompanied by demands for a minimum wage of R150.00 per day, in order to "provide the salient factual background that will enable the responsible parties to make well-informed decisions about these weighty matters".

The Report makes for interesting although somewhat depressing reading - members are particularly encouraged to read Chapter 7 (The Farmers vs. Workers' Dilemma) and  Chapter 8 (Synthesis - which in essence includes the entire executive summary).  One of the main conclusions of the Report is that the Agricultural Sector will gradually react to higher wages by initiating structural changes in the way it operates (e.g. mechanisation).  There will, therefore, not be a sudden or dramatic change.  Another thing that the Report emphasises is that the current policy framework within which the Sector operates falls woefully short of meeting the needs of both farmers and their workers, both permanent nor (especially) seasonal and that this needs addressing.

Members will be kept informed of further developments regarding the negations between the parties to try and resolve the ongoing problem in the Western Cape.

Download full PDF document: BFAP farm sector determination report draft 17 Dec