6 Feb 2013
The story below covers a recent trip to Polokwane in Limpopo, where I spoke to a group of small scale farmers. What pleased me was the fact that the vast majority of the audience were women, but I would like to see more young people involved.
My work with the Naandi Foundation has proven to me that sustainable models, at scale can be developed, models that solves the farmer’s nutritional security, connects them to the market and implement inexpensive, environmentally friendly methods of farming that increases their yields and profitability. What is needed is for them to organise themselves.
The New Age article by MONTSHO MATLALA Follows below:
Former Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary general, Jay Naidoo has urged rural farmers to organise themselves into cooperatives to make a living.
Speaking at a Friday climate change workshop in Polokwane, Naidoo said he was prepared to help farmers if they were organised.
“All you need is 1000 hectares of land and group yourself into 500 members to qualify. You must have permission to work on the land, either from the municipality, government or chiefs.
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