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Agriculture Land Reform - Food and Water Security.
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Agriculture Land Reform - Food and Water Security.
INTRODUCTION:

With the world economy in decline, in ten years time, the people who have food and water security, will be the wealthy.

South Africa’s agricultural sector has had a difficult transition, mainly due to the lack of cohesion between the existing farmers and the emerging farmers.

This lack of cohesion is directly linked to the concept of the control regulations aimed at protecting the economic welfare of the wealthy.
These control regulations, are extended into the farming communities with an 'farmer is the abuser' attitude.

Our ever depleting faming community, is opening the doors to foreign nationals who will, in five years, be owning/leasing our agricultural lands, and exporting all the produce in order to meet the new development of fuel from maize and other edible crops.

As we go though this charter, we will be exposed to how the deterioration of the industrial sector has opened the doors to the Chinese products to replace our production capacity.

Add to this, the level of farm murders, and in particular the manner in which these murders are taking place. I am of the opinion that these farm murders have an element of ‘white hate’ directly related to the lack of understanding of the impact of our countries heritage, and indirectly driven by the political forces protecting the vote, and this dates back to Nelson Mandela’s comment that a white will never rule the country again.    
In my manuscript, “If you don’t like it here, Leave”, I describe the attitude/behaviour patterns and how they are seen so differently, resulting in the tragic circumstances that occur.

We need to achieve food security, linking the formal existing farmers, directly with the emerging farmers, and in particular, extending this link to the Rural family farming activities where we have 22 million of our people still living.

Let us take action today and prevent the foreign nationals from taking away the future wealth of the world.

COMMENT A:

Having repeated the comments the underpin the problems in the Agriculture sector, I am of the opinion that the above problems, exasperate both the small white farmers and the emerging farmer.

As a society, all the discussion is taking place at a political level, with leaders of the Agricultural sector, talking to Politicians. The leaders in the Agricultural sector are in effect negotiating to protect their farming businesses, while the politicians appear to be unaware of the emerging farmers needs.

My wife and I are in the process of relocating to Matiyani, a rural village just outside the Punda Maria gate, and we have monitored the lack of support that the local community has to extend their family farming activities into something more sustainable.

There are 22 million South Africans still linked to the Rural Villages. Many of these Villages as located within twenty kilometers of huge water storage dams, and yet they do not have access to domestic water without walking kilometers.

The government spent billions providing water supplies to the Villages, and throughout the country, these water supplies no longer operate.
I believe that the water problems are directly related to the inability to operate and maintain the water supply, and area where we need expertise to guide and assist.

Let us take action today and prevent the foreign nationals from taking away the future wealth of the world.

COMMENT B:

The Matiyani surrounding villages are one of the areas that provides  seasonal labour to ZZ2, South Africa’s largest and most efficient tomato producer.

Why do I select to introduce ZZ2?  Because ZZ2 already, through Paul Bester are involved in the type of support that we need to give the emerging farmers, in their emerging cattle breeders program.

The Late Bertie van Zyl developed ZZ2 to the level that it is, driven by the economic freedom, hard work, and the free trade principle.

My entire submission targets the elite producers who control this market, yet we believe that, through the support of ZZ2, we as a community can set an example of what we can possibly achieve.

Firstly:

The State has pledged, and budgeted, large amounts of money for development of the Rural Areas. 
This money is not spent effectively or efficiently, and much what is spent is not being spent in the interests of of developing a sustainable rural community.
Too many Traditional Chiefs are selling off / leasing out lands to large scale farmers, many in the timber area, and many of these lands impacting on the water availability for the communities.

As part of this initiative, we are discussing the potential of establishing an “Area Development Committee” regularly meeting and interacting with the Traditional Council Authorities. This “Area Development Committee” will consist of two to three representatives from each village, and for each village involved, a farmer / business person / accountant / engineer, who will jointly contribute towards the “Area Development Plan” and through weekly involvement ensure that the plan is implemented.

This committee will submit their development plans to the Rural Development Ministry, outlining the budgeted cash-flow and how the money will be distributed.

WHY ZZ2?
   
Following the unrest in the Mining sector, it is essential that we start to bring the employer and the employees closer together.
Within a few months we will be ready to approach ZZ2, seeking their support in assisting us as we start to develop co-operatives in our villages to start vegetable production.

ZZ2 draws labour from our villages, and by uniting in the Rural agricultural empowerment, we believe that the communities will become part of the ZZ2 family, with those who work for ZZ2.

With these employees as a base, we will structure Farming Co-Operatives, and assist them to establish a small farming activity, to supplement the existing family farming operations. As we utilize all the available land, we will investigate the nearest adjacent land that can be incorporated into the community lands.
   
Why the Co-operative??

The establishment of the co-operative requires a community member who has the ability to manage the co-operative activities.
The success of this co-operative will be closely monitored and assessed by the Area Development Committee in terms of farming knowledge and ability / commitment to work.  
The co-operative will consist of management/leader and a group of members who would effective be the workforce.
The members of this co-operative will then develop into the area of small emerging farmers as a co-operative.
In the second stage, we look at the co-operative under the same umbrella as the ‘emerging farmer’.   

Second Stage:

With the support of the farming establishment, ZZ2, we will identify farming land within the geographical weather conditions, that can be purchased by the co-operative / emerging farmer.

Taking into consideration the due market value, the Area Development Committee will assist in the negotiation to purchase the farm.

Farm Purchase Options:
   
One of the areas that result in the failure of transfer of a working farm to the emerging farmers appears to be the environment in which the transaction takes place. Media often reflects that the farmers complain about not receiving the market value.
If the farmer feels strongly about that, can we blame the farmer fro reducing the equipment and assets to the bare minimum on the farm before the farmer departs,
Then, the added negative impact on the attitude towards the emerging farmer is that the farmer may have been paid R 7 million for his farm, but months later, the farm will be transferred at maybe R 16 million.

No emerging farmer will survive under these transfer conditions, and if farms were expropriated, it will become more difficult.

Option 1:

If farmer de la Harpe wishes to sell his farm, and his price for an operational farm is R 7 million. The farmer will provide a business plan for a 3 year period.
   
The buyer will offer the farmer R 5 million, payable on transfer, and a final settlement amount of R 6 million, payable at R 2 million per year, for the next three years, provided the farmers, or an agreed manager, assists in the management of the farm, duly farmed according to the business plan.
In terms of the agreement both parties will agree to the jurisdiction of the magistrates court.
Should the farmer fail to provide the management support, the balance of the R 6 million will become available to appoint another manager to assist.

Option 2: Ideal for the assessed co-operative:

If farmer de la Harpe wishes to sell 50% shares in his farm, and his value for an operational farm is R 7 million. The farmer will provide a business plan for a 3 year period.

The assessed Matiyani Co-operative will offer to purchase 50% shares in the farm, undertaking, as a Co-operative to provide the labour, at a wage, accepted by both parties, accepting that as a partner sacrifices will be made, the reward will be minimal in order to allow ensure that development can take place.
Such purchase price for the shares will be R 5.0 million, R3.5 million payable on transfer of shares, and the other 1.5 million, payable in annual installments, end of twelve months, and to be invested in the operating account.

Comment:
   
These negotiations and transactions must take place outside of a third party linked to the Government, but with Government commitment to finance the emerging farmer as a guarantee.

MY UNPOPULAR COMPENSATION PROCESS:

In April 2010 I launched the Directly Empowering Black Townships and Rural areas initiative, aimed an encouraging whites to transfer skills in order to assist the empowerment of our disadvantaged community.

My approach is unpopular, the attitude that I am playing the ‘guilt card’, and people will transfer skills because they want to. So, only if you feel that would like to look at the compensation process,
click here to see link, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/fo...php?fid=30

Else, you may volunteer to become part of these Area Development Committees, and we thank you in anticipation. 

Cedric de la Harpe

(This post was last modified: 11-14-2012 06:21 PM by Cedric.)
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