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Lack of title deeds hinders shifting maize belt

About 46 percent of the best agricultural land is in Mpumalanga, 12 percent of which is unsuitable due to mining. Photo: Supplied

07 April 2015


About 46 percent of the best agricultural land is in Mpumalanga, 12 percent of which is unsuitable due to mining. Photo: Supplied

About 46 percent of the best agricultural land is in Mpumalanga, 12 percent of which is unsuitable due to mining. Photo: Supplied

By Andre Janse van Vuuren and Tshepiso Mokhema

A LACK of title deeds in the Eastern Cape was hindering a plan to move the maize belt west as coal mines took over some of the best land for crops, South Africa’s biggest grain lobby said last week.

South Africa, the world’s biggest white maize producer after Mexico, wanted to raise annual output in the Eastern Cape ninefold to 1 million tons by 2018 as coal mining rendered land unsuitable for farming in Mpumalanga, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy said in a report.

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