Kitchen-garden plan to beat hunger for 50m S.Africans
19 June 2011 2 Comments
No commercial farmers were invited to the Flemish govt-funded chat-group which is planning to — wait for it — ‘overcoming hunger in SA by growing food at household level…’
The Flemish government is funding a chat-group at the elite Southern Sun Hotel in Pretoria on 30 June 2011 on the subject of ‘overcoming hunger’ – to which commercial farmers have not been invited. The ‘Southern Africa Trust’ and the ‘Institute for Democracy in Africa’ will host a ‘public policy dialogue on food security’. Its panel discussions are focusing on ‘achieving household level food security for people who grow food in smallholdings’.
While chronic hunger and malnutrition didn’t exist among the population when SA had had a well-run, organised commercial agricultural sector before 1994, hunger has now become very real for tens of millions of people in South Africa. The South African government has already ‘absorbed’ close to 65,000 of the 85,000 Boer farms – and 90 percent of these state-farms are producing no food whatsoever. http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2011/04/sa-state-owns-64976-of-85000-boer-farms.html
The growing ‘hunger in Southern Africa”is due ONLY due to the ANC-regime’s deliberate destruction of commercial agriculture after 1994:
90% of all the ‘redistributed farms’ are idle:
In South Africa, one can only fully understand why its food-production has dropped so rapidly over the past 19 years when it is realised that a total of 1,155,508 land parcels in the SA Deeds Registration System already are state-owned land by 2010 – of which 1,085,084 are urban sites, 64,976 sites are farms and 5,448 are ‘agricultural holdings’.
- And the ANC-regime wasn’t even hanging its head in shame when it admitted on March 31 2010 that a full ninety percent of all these state-owned land parcels, their socalled ‘redistributed farms’, produce no excess food whatsoever. http://www.pmg.org.za/report/20100310-department-rural-development-and-land-reform-ingonyama-trust-board-st
- It’s not as if the regime didn’t know that only a dramatic increase in food production would help South Africa survive this decade: In November 2007, one of the country’s most experienced former military commanders and analysts, ret.Maj-Gen Chris van Zyl, warned in a lecture hat the growing Southern African food-crisis was already creating massive political unrest throughout the southern African region. “People were now on the move by the many millions – mostly into South Africa from the rest of Africa, he warned: “This is the largest migration on the African continent now occurring right now in South Africa, where many millions of famished Africans arrive in their desperate search for survival”. The UN-sponsored news agency IRIN reported in May 2007 that many millions of South Africans were ‘struggling to cope with the country’s soaring food prices’. http://www.africancrisis.co.za/Docs/FOOD_SECURITY_IN_SOUTHERN_AFRICA.pdf
Six percent of entire land-surface was EVER suitable for food-cropping:
In 1994, there were more than 85,000 privately-owned, food-producing farms in South Africa, which employed more than 1,6-million workers, who lived on the farms with their families. These farms produced excess-food on less than FIVE PERCENT of the entire surface of the country. They provided most of Southern Africa with affordable, wholesale and highly nutritious staple food. In fact between the hard-working, skilled group of Zimbabwean and South African commercial farmers, southern Africa had NO famine or food-shortages or malnutrition whatsoever.
Only 1,000 grain-farmers left in South Africa by 2010:
By 2001, fifty-six percent of all the total land-surface in South Africa already belonged to the State – which in turn allocates land-use-rights certificates to black families; while 44% of the land including in the cities and towns, was in the hands of white people. By 2010, the Grain-SA Cooperative reported a membership of only 1,000 grain-producing farmers in the entire country. The rest of the members in the Transvaal Agri-Union TAU and Agri-SA produce other food-crops and products from livestock – while many commercial farmers who still manage to hang on to their land, also turned to the lower-overhead wildlife-farming and game-lodge tourism and hunting industry.
The CIA observations from space have also registered the fact that less than 0,5% (one-half of a percent) of the entire South African land-surface now is still being used for irrigated agricultural-production. http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2011/04/sa-state-owns-64976-of-85000-boer-farms.html
Yet despite the fact that 90% of the 5,9-million hectares of ‘redistributed farms’ now lay totally idle and produce no food whatsoever – according to the ANC minister in March 2010 – the South African government is still going full-steam ahead with its land-nationalisation programme. And this is done despite the fact that the government does not even know the exact extent of state-owned land-sites because of its faulty record-keeping at the SA Deeds Registration System, as was pointed out by the Chief Surveyor-General of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform on 31 March 2011. He urged in a report to the parliamentary committee that “the many discrepancies discovered in the land-ownership of specific land-parcels be urgently investigated and corrected”.
2011: No more than 14,000 privately-owned, registered commercial farms remain:
However what this careful survey of the disreputable records in the SA Deeds Registration Office did reveal, was that there’s considerably more land owned by the State than they want to admit to: from the original 85,000 privately-owned food-producing farms (“Boer farms”) , no more than 14,000 farms and smallholdings now are registered as being ‘white-owned commercial agricultural sites’- all the other farms are in the hands of the State already.
Farming in South Africa is the most dangerous job in the world:
Producing excess food under the present dangerous conditions in the countryside also has many farmers pull out and sell up – especially after the farmer or a member of his household has been murdered. It clearly is increasingly difficult for these farmers to continue producing food while large numbers of armed gangs from the cities endanger their families and attack their homesteads. putting their farms under virtual siege.
Out of 3,800 rural murders targetting whites, 1,489 were commercial farmers:
Out of the more than 3,800 murders recorded in rural regions of South Africa since 1994 up to April 27 2011, a total 1,489 were commercial farmers, registered members of either the TAU or Agri-SA. http://www.tlu.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=194:gelykheidshof-hoor-van-1-489-plaasmoorde&catid=36:jongste-nuus
By 2006 12,4-million black people got poverty-grants, food-aid
By 2006, South Africa’s shrinking number of taxpayers already paid R56.8-billion in poverty-grants to 12.4-million poor black recipients (one-fifth of the black population).
Now the Flemish taxpayers are funding a little left-wing chat group which is going to bend itself over the ill-fated idea of having 50-million South Africans growing food in their own patches of dirt – to provide food only for their own households. Meanwhile the three centuries of farming-experience and agricultural-skills in one of the most arid farming-countries in the world are being tossed out of the window.
South Africa has to feed more than 50-million ‘legal’ residents and some 10-million ‘illegal’ black African residents. It’s going to be an interesting exercise in human ingenuity to try and get each of these individual households – including in the overcrowded squatter-camps – to grow their own food consistently so that they feed only themselves.
Communists have always been the worst farmers in the world – and caused the largest famines
It is being claimed in the pre-publicity for this lavish Flemish-funded event on June 30 that ‘many efforts to build food security in Africa give attention to the supply of staple foods at a country level, with little or no attention to food security for families at a household level – where hunger becomes a reality.”
Financed by the Flemish taxpayers, the chat-group is planning to hold ‘in-depth discussion on the strategic importance of people who grow food in their homesteads (smallholder farmers), if we are to overcome hunger in southern Africa.”
- Apparently, ‘studies will be presented that show the productive potential and economic viability of smallholder farming and explore the obstacles and limitations faced by smallholder farmers.”
And they trot out all the same old marxist propaganda: with the old saw that ‘the proportion of undernourished people in sub-Saharan Africa stands at about 30 percent with the proportion of people with insufficient daily calorie intake increased from 29% to 76% in Congo and a rapid growth in the number of underweight children in South Africa.”
They hold out much hope with claims that “smallholder farmers can reduce hunger where it matters immediately – at household level – “if they are supported to increase food production; and that ‘ too little attention is given to household-level farmers. We need a forum like this dialogue to reflect on these issues and agree on the best way forward with all the different role-layers,” claimed Themba Mhlongo.
No commercial farmers have been invited as panellsts – but the names of some have already been revealed. Present will be Lindiwe Sibanda from the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN); Moses Shaha from the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF), Russell Wilderman from IDASA, Tendai Murisa from TrustAfrica, and Ishmael Sunga from the Southern Africa Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU). It’s not known how good they are at producing food at ‘household levels’ but hey – miracles at times do occur.
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