- An Eastern Cape farmer called on the government to give black people a chance to prove themselves
- Tebogo Mongoato turned an old Military base into a 350ha farm, where he contributes to the 8000 tons of maize which left Durban to Vietnam
- Mongoato said he would be able to produce much more if he had more land
With land expropriation without compensation a lot of people fear South Africa would turn into a second Zimbabwe- where the land is given to people who would not know what to do with it.
However, several farmers from the Eastern Cape challenged those who believe black people would fail in the farming industry.
One of the farmers, Tebogo Mongoato said the government should give them land so that they could prove the haters wrong.
TimesLIVE reported Mongoato and 13 other farmers worked with the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform and the Grain Farmer Development Association. The department boosted the initiative with R10 million, giving the farmers what they needed to get started.
However, amongst all 14 farmers they only farm on 2‚416ha land, of which they managed to harvest 8000 tons of maize, which has since been exported to Vietnam on Thursday.
Mongoato explained if they were given more land, they would be able to produce more maize. He added the ANC should move ahead with the land reform plans, and give to those who know how to work it.
“If I can be given an opportunity to have a proper farm‚ I will be able to produce more than what we are doing now,” he said.
Mongoato learned the fundamentals of farming with his eight siblings from his father. He went on to encourage other black people.
“Let's hang in there‚ let's have patience but let's be determined to say we are able to farm and ensure South Africa’s food sovereignty,” he said.
Mongoato and his fellow Eastern Cape farmers inspired social media users, who took to Facebook to praise them for making a breakthrough and exporting their goods.
Keyman Raedane wrote, “Something positive for a change although I must say it has been long overdue, we've farming since we downed the spears and arrows, the only challenge was large-scale farming... So expect more.”
Another social media user wrote, “Molikeng Setaka Great news indeed from my hometown I never thought of, keep it up wanna see more black maize farmers.”
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