As a result of our established relationships with tribal leaderships, we have access to large areas of under-utilised land. Many of these are farms that were bought under the land reform program but has been unproductive for the last 9 to 11 years.
The area we are focused on for this drought program covers an area of about 30 000 hectares outside of Witbank. Previously this area was known for sheep and wool production.
The farms have been sub-divided into small farms ranging from 80 to 300 hectares. Most of them fenced. These people are leasing the land from the government and are desperate to farm, but the system has let them down.
We looked at the area as a big farm with fenced camps and an opportunity to solve two issues.
- Helping drought-stricken farmers with grazing.
- Starting a program that will, in time, see these emerging farmers coming into production.
Outlines of the program:
- All parties will be required to sign formal agreements.
- We have organized all participating farmers into an “Umbrella” primary cooperative, under the authority of the local chiefs with the blessing of the Ndebele King.
- Each participating farmer signs an agreement that clearly depicts everybody’s responsibility.
- Apart from the above farms, we have secured a land use agreement on land that is not currently occupied. This agreement offers benefits to all participating parties and are aimed at kick-starting the agricultural economy in the region.
- The sheep owner will keep the wool.
- All off-spring is a 50/50 split and the owners can sell their off-spring at any time or re-enter them under the same agreement.
- Everybody will commit for at least 3 years, but on success, the program can continue indefinitely.
- Every effort will be taken to secure the sheep. We have the commitment from the people to help with the security. More details will follow in future communications and discussions.
- Relocation and infrastructure will be discussed in future communications.
We cannot promise anybody anything, but to say that we really want to help the struggling commercial and emerging farmers.
This project is greatly dependent on the interest of farmers and the conclusion of follow-up discussions.
Farmers are asked to register if they think this can be a solution for them.
We are also looking for companies and organizations that would like to assist with the program. Please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org