Fair enough, but who's gonna till the soil and make it work? the best farmers have already left the country. nobody will invest big in farms unless land claims have been resolved. also the political uncertainty of the future. this particular area is too volatile for my liking. but i do admit that we have the right environment for farming. if somebody up there would just take the first steps to start clearing uncertainty and create proper reform.
Hey duke not sure which "best" farmers have left - remember farmers are farmers they generally cannot/will not do anything but farm and you will find that in the northern cape, eastern cape and free state mostly all farms are still held by original owners or their sons, We have very good farmers in SA and over the last couple of years growth in value of land has been excellent.Most countries subsidies their farmers but not in this country i agree governement have to look after our farmers
So many of these emerging market countries that are prosperous today have long ago laid the foundations of good education. It is THE most important thing that this country needs to address. An also , I am sure that it bothers many of us that we cannot see a good leader that can take South Africa forward.
I agree with all the formites. The farmers are still there but for how long, my father in law is a farmer and he makes his living of cattle and the reapair of tractors and implements for the emerging farmers. But that is where it ends, there need to be some form of training and education.We all have heard of farms being handed over to communities and with no training or leadership these farms fail and become commercialy inactive. Plonky you are right .....get the coal, do a JV with a company secure the prospecting licence.. retire early in life and go sip on alcoholic juices on a beach of your choice!
Just some comment about the "education": The most important thing in this country is to teach the majority how to work - not how to let fingers work on a keyboard, but how to work with a shovel and how to "drive" a wheelbarrow. Large parts of the agricultural sector already faces a shortage of labor. Grain farmers can overcome the problem with additional mechanising (and some change to white labor in the process) but sectors such as livestock and labor-intensive farming experience an increasing problem. Increasing cost of labor and shortage of productive labor also makes the farming business less and less profitable.