Are food riots next on the horizon?

2016-01-06 06:00

THE word that is on the lips of farmers at the moment is “water”.

Not all crops can be irrigated, but vegetables and pastures for dairy cattle generally are. As dams and rivers run dry, these enterprises are coming under increasing pressure to produce.

The price of food, especially vegetables, is set to skyrocket. We are seeing ongoing service-delivery riots - let us pray that we are not about to see food riots.

Farmers who have made big enough dams are able to produce. What is of great concern to farmers is how the government has made it increasingly difficult for farmers to build dams or increase the capacity of existing dams. The cost of the required environmental impact assessment is exorbitant and the whole process is a farce. Every application has to have a BEE component. These and other stumbling blocks have to be overcome in order for a farmer to build a dam, at his own expense, which will contribute to food security.

I, and most other farmers, just cannot understand it. When I started farming in 1970, the government paid one-third of the cost, if I remember correctly. The dams had to be designed by an engineer for safety reasons.


N.L. BAXTER

Boston

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
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.