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The Draft Conservation Agriculture Policy has been published in Government Gazette no. 41432 for public comment. "This policy addresses the urgent need to adapt conventional farming systems which are compromising agricultural production and resulting in alarming natural resource degradation. This degradation is threatening food security, basic human rights and ultimately, national security. In addition, a lack of coherence in legislation within the agricultural production and rural development policy environment, is evident. This strengthens the argument for a CA policy."
A media briefing statement was issued on 9 February on the outcomes of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team meeting on Drought and Water Scarcity held on 30 January 2018. "The cases of all the affected areas are clearly an indication of the need for a national coordinated approach and response to this unfolding challenge. This will have to take into account the national drought forecast and indicators which point to the fact that summer rainfall areas have also not sufficiently recovered from the drought situation which started in 2014."
The Public Protector has released the Report on an investigation into complaints of maladministration against the Free State Department of Agriculture in respect on non-adherence to Treasury prescripts and lack of financial control in the administration of the Vrede Integrated Dairy Project. The Public Protector found that the department could not provide documents, policies or measures to demonstrate that proper financial control and risk management of the project had been in place. She could find no evidence or indication that the Accounting Officer invoked the provisions of the agreement in respect of the control over the Project and this raised a serious concern."