5 June 2018
There must be a focus on new enterprises, the total GDP (Gross Domestic Product), must grow four times. New enterprises are needed, farms should be business enterprises. Existing enterprises must grow, a two-pronged strategy is needed. New enterprising owners of land are more likely to succeed if they build up new farms themselves with the necessary support. The successes and failures of farms need case studies for us all to learn.
Much of the real progress of new black farms has been assisted by support from existing farmers, emphasised by the IRR Report. The existing farmers together with support by large corporations, supplier industries – whether of tractors, implements, fertilisers and large purchases of agricultural products, SAB (now ABInBev) and the retail industry. The government does not feature prominently in follow up support….it needs a commission of enquiry.