Have South Africa’s commercial farmers declined from 120,000 in 1994 to 38,000? DA MP’s claim is misleading
The number of commercial farmers in South Africa has fallen from 120,000 to 38,000.
Source: Dianne Kohler Barnard, Democratic Alliance member of parliament (1 September 2020)
There is no data on the number of individual farmers in the country. Figures from Stats SA are of the number of commercial farming units, and the definition of a unit has changed since the early 1990s.