Agri SA and the South African Association of Water Users Associations (SAAFWUA) signed a memorandum of understanding during Agri SA’s Natural Resources Centre of Excellence committee meeting on 13 March.
The MoU reaffirms the long-standing collaborative relationship between Agri SA and SAAFWUA aimed at enhancing effective water resource management by national government, catchment management agencies (CMAs) and water user associations (WUAs) in South Africa.
Both Agri SA and SAAFWUA are strongly in favour of the establishment of fully representative effective local water resource management institutions (LWRMI) that supply water efficiently and cost-effectively to individual legal water users. The organisations will collaborate on initiatives and projects that advance and facilitate the development of support mechanisms for LWRMI’s to improve the capacity of commercial, and emerging, South African farmers while ensuring that water is efficiently used.
“As is the case with land, issues surrounding the transformation of water use are of paramount importance to farmers in South Africa,” said Wayman Kritzinger, chairman of Agri SA’s Natural Resources Centre of Excellence. “It is more important today than ever before that sound, evidence-based policies inform decision-making by government when it comes to water. We are fortunate to have had SAAFWUA as a steadfast partner over many years and look forward to even closer future collaboration between our respective organisations in these turbulent times,” Krizinger said. – Agri SA