PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
anikenvader
 
Comments: 10
Article views: 437
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all anikenvader's badges.
 

Farm, and Land Ownership solution for South Africa

15 February 2013, 14:09

I am no expert, but somehow NO ONE seems to come up with a suggestion to solve the stalled situation regarding land ownership, farming and the loss of productivity should the farms are either taken by force (loosing lives etc…).

The government’s BEST PLAN seems to be around two options; either take land by force, or trying this willing-buyer-willing-seller concept which will fail our country 100%..!

There are TWO sides to this and I HAVE to be understanding of BOTH sides. The one claims ownership of previously stolen land in a time when we were not even born. The other claims that due to the fact that they were either born on the land, or BOUGHT the land during apartheid times, and they worked the land and thus they are now the rightful owners of this land and should not be held responsible for past’s mistakes that caused the current situation. The latter is also more interested in correctly valued monetary value in return of ownership of land.

It angers me that there is no real effort from the one party that is in the middle of all this, the government’s lack of commitment to study and properly answer this problem that will cause more harm to our nation.

I may have ONE solution. The solution revolves in relocating the current land owners to the city centres, while at the same time food security is STILL achieved.

The main issue we have is that we STILL farm in the same manner we did in ancient times, albeit more mechanised..!

We need to change with the times. We have a technology that could sort or at least  PARTIALY accommodate a solution.

That technology is called Hydroponic Farming. Why should we use technology to solve our social issues? Because we are humans, we are inventive and it’s simply what we do in almost every aspect of our lives, so why not in farming?

The idea is: A large block of flats that is either derelict or can be bought at a bargain (and there are many – just think of all those empty block of flats rented by our “wonderful” Government departments only not to ever use it). This block of flats would be reconfigured, and fixed to Accommodate Hydroponic Farming. A closed-circuit for water circulation, enclosed and controlled environment for cultivating plants. Etc etc.

The main idea behind Hydroponics is that plants do not need ground to grow, they can grow if their roots are simply submerged in water.

One can read more on this over the internet should you want to get more familiarised.

But imagine that the farming families bought cheap houses in the city centres across South Africa using Government-sponsored funding that would make this project a reality. They would relocate in the city centres, and their new farms would be within these hydroponic-Farming Buildings. They would go every day to work in the city centre.  They would bviously be trained in the new way of farming.

There advantages AND disadvantages. These are the main ones:

ADVANTAGES

Some of the reasons why hydroponics is being adapted around the world for food production are the following:

·         No soil is needed for hydroponics

·         The water stays in the system and can be reused - thus, lower water costs

·         It is possible to control the nutrition levels in their entirety - thus, lower nutrition costs

·         No nutrition pollution is released into the environment because of the controlled system

·         Stable and high yields – this means that you can have MORE harvests per year than in a normal farming environment.

·         Pests and diseases are easier to get rid of than in soil because of the container's mobility

·         It is easier to harvest

·         No pesticide damage

Today, hydroponics is an established branch of agronomy. Progress has been rapid, and results obtained in various countries have proved it to be thoroughly practical and to have very definite advantages over conventional methods of horticulture.

There are two chief merits of the soil-less cultivation of plants. First, hydroponics may potentially produce much higher crop yields. Also, hydroponics can be used in places where in-ground agriculture or gardening are not possible.

DISADVANTAGES

Without soil as a buffer, any failure to the hydroponic system leads to rapid plant death. Other disadvantages include pathogen attacks such as damp-off due to Verticillium wiltcaused by the high moisture levels associated with hydroponics and over watering of soil based plants. Also, many hydroponic plants require different fertilizers and containment systems.

On normal farming the following are the main disadvantages:

·         Draughts

·         Pests

·         Pesticides

·         Bad years

·         Soil becomes unusable, and hence there is need for nutrients (big kaka being dumped lol)

·         On-going fighting over land ownership

·         Farm killings

I am sure there are more than this…

Should this ever become true, we’d see the city centres of the future South Africa provide the nation’s foods and even DELIVER them within their own areas thus no need for MORE expenditure to deliver them through various other channels, and thus costs could be held back from that perspective as well..!

I am not saying that this is the answer to all, but I AM saying that if I am not an expert, how come those that are supposed to find solutions have not even mentioned such possibilities???

I would like to challenge South Africans to come up with solutions for South Africa’s shortcomings, and for nation-building keeping EVERYONE in focus when attempting to find solutions.

Or at least table some of them, and if we have growing voices we could petition these governmental departments with such ideas and perhaps the little movement we could have would then sway and accommodate those that are in need of solutions.

We need to come together and BRAINSTORM AS A NATION, and find these solutions. For the sake of a multi-racial future for all our children.

Perhaps if one could either inbox me on facebook to fund a website where we can put all these ideas down and allow for public participation in debating ideas for various aspects of our country’s problems. We could make this website available to the departments involved and lend them a helping hand in creating solutions.

I don’t care who comes up with the ideas, I care for a better South Africa.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
woadstress
Reward Yourself

Imagine for a moment that you are a primitive hominid foraging in the wild, collecting edible fruits, berries, leaves.  Read more...

5 comments 134 views
Submitted by
Tisetso2
Help my niece is losing her house

I write this plea here because I don’t know what else I can do I am hundreds of kilometres from and have no legal experience at all. Read more...

4 comments 511 views
Submitted by
Mq Moyo
The Living God 1

Some may suppose that these grand things in the natural world are God, but they are not God; they but show forth his glory.  Read more...

66 comments 425 views
Submitted by
Mbuyiseli Fana
Bad service

I bought myself R30 voucher I used only R8 from that airtime.  Read more...

2 comments 317 views
Submitted by
Getnews Eastern Cape
Eastern Cape MEC Somyo officially...

The Eastern Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Hon Mr Sakhumzi Somyo, has officially opened the 2015 Africa Open at East London Golf Club. Read more...

0 comments 36 views
Submitted by
bobby
The Atheist Game Show

Richard Dawkins once preached at a very hard sermon to all his fellow atheists at an Atheist . His words reverberated the entire globe. The message was simple. Read more...

100 comments 2125 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.