South African Farmers Face Discipline in Congo Republic

Three South African farmers face disciplinary hearings in the Republic of Congo after transgressions against the local population, said Fred Daly, secretary for Congo Agriculture SARL.

“I don’t know what happened or why it happened because I’m in South Africa,” Daly said today in a telephone interview from the South African capital, Pretoria. It would probably be two weeks before details were released because the area is “geographically remote and the farmers are busy.”

The disciplinary hearings relate to “incidents involving transgressions against the local population of the village of Malolo 2,” Congo Agriculture said in a statement e-mailed by Agri SA today. The association said it couldn’t provide further details because of Congolese and South African law.

Countries on the continent have increasingly turned to South African farmers to improve their own agricultural production and skills, with about 20 nations approaching Agri SA, the largest growers’ association in the country, seeking to recruit people or learn skills, according to the body.

Congo Agriculture was formed as a co-operative company in 2011 after talks between the Brazzaville-based government and Agri SA. Calls to the company’s office in Republic of Congo’s capital weren’t answered.

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