The number of people employed on commercial farms has dropped by 271%, according to the latest South Africa Survey, published by the South African Institute of Race Relations in Johannesburg. The biggest drop in the number of farmworkers was in Mpumalanga Province, where it declined by 45%. The change was probably an indication that agriculture was becoming more specialised, with successful farmers having to be highly skilled. Economies of scale leading to farms merging is probably another reason for the decline. Read more here.
Posted on January 31, 2011 by idasa