ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe faced farmers' questions about land reform, food security, labour unrest and agricultural policy inconsistencies.
A total of 1 987 farmers have sought exemption from the wage determination for farmworkers between February and April, says Minister Mildred Oliphant.
Calls for an international boycott of export fruit from South Africa are irresponsible, said the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
A stretch of farmland that could prove vital to Cape Town's food security is threatened by development, illegal dumping and informal settlements.
A man has been killed during farm workers protests outside Wolsely in the Western Cape.
Once renowned across the world, South Africa's last remaining tea estate is struggling to recover from disputes that have plagued it since 2009.
A report into the conditions of farmworkers in the Western Cape fruit and wine industries has revealed shocking details of human rights abuses.