Food shortages: Zim buys maize from Zambia

2012-05-08 07:47

Harare - Zimbabwe's northern neighbour Zambia says it has struck a deal to sell 300 000 tons of maize to ease food shortages in Zimbabwe, the region's former breadbasket.

The Zambian state Food Reserve Agency said in a statement made available on Monday in Harare that the sale will reduce that country's food surplus by half.

A decade ago, Zimbabwe exported food to Zambia, a mining hub. The reverse in fortunes comes after Zimbabwe's often-violent seizure of thousands of white-owned commercial farms since 2000 that disrupted the agriculture-based economy and drove many white farmers into Zambia to develop underutilised land there.

In November, the United Nations said 1.5 million Zimbabweans would need food aid through 2012 and appealed for $258m in donor funding to buy it.

The Zambian maize, worth about $50m, is being sold through private grain dealers, the food agency said.

Zimbabwe needs about 2.2 million tons of maize, the staple food, a year. But according to official estimates, there is a deficit of about 800 000 tons because of depleted stocks and erratic rains.

The Food Reserve Agency in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, said current harvests are expected to leave a surplus of more than 1m tons of maize that the country no longer has the capacity to store. It said it is tapping regional export markets.

Economic meltdown

Zambian maize sells for about $170 a ton. Imports into southern Africa in the past decade from as far afield as Canada and Argentina have gone for more than $300 a ton.

Farmers' leaders say Zambia, which once had the region's highest urban population and was dominated by mining in the central Copperbelt region, adopted an aggressive agricultural expansion programme that has embraced white farmers from Zimbabwe.

 Since 2008 the country has implemented land tenure and investment guarantees and loans for production along with logistical incentives that saw improvements in the supply of specialised seeds, fertilizers, materials and farming equipment for small-scale and commercial farmers.

Since 2000, about 4 500 white farmers have been forced to leave their Zimbabwe properties because of a land redistribution programme for blacks that Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe said was intended to correct colonial-era imbalances in land ownership.

Prime properties were handed over to military and security chiefs and Mugabe party loyalists, many of whom have left them to lie idle. In years of economic meltdown, irrigation systems have collapsed and acute power and water outages and the absence of title deeds or collateral for loans have crippled remaining farming operations.

  • Phillip van Niekerk - 2012-05-08 07:59

    Let them eat Cake! It is Time for Africa to wake up! Your so called Revolution is failing and we would suggest that you need to change your ways, from being a fingerpointing nation blaiming appartheid to a Working nation.

      Ruan - 2012-05-08 08:01

      And to think,most of that maize is being produced by the farmers they kicked out of their own country. Zambia is smiling all the way!!

      Michael - 2012-05-08 08:15

      Phillip, Zim has never blamed anything on apartheid. Stick to the topic!

      Phillip van Niekerk - 2012-05-08 08:16

      @Michael, point taken.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:44

      @Michael - nah - they blame everthing on the Evil Colonialists. But Eish - I have a solution to the food crisis in Zim - Nationalise ALL the Farms - and Bob's yer uncle.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-08 08:50

      The FACT is, that just 5 Km outside Harare, so fertile is the soil, that Maize farmers were EASILY able to produce 80 bags per Hectare. It was the BEST in Africa......and now? What a crying shame.

      Steve - 2012-05-08 08:51

      This is how these despots rule. Starve your people and rule by fear. Then out come the begging bowls when the chips are down. Just how is Zim going to pay for this? Kind of poetic justice when the farmers that were booted out are now feeding the starving masses.

      karoo.gypsy - 2012-05-08 08:51

      The farmers that used to produce the maize in Zimbabwe is now producing in Zambia. Zimbabwe is now buying at high prices from those they chased away! What a joke! African solution to a African problem!

      Martin - 2012-05-08 10:49

      om nom nom i love cake....dont come here all smiling with your hands out, go live in uncle bobs country, he made it better...

      Mattewis - 2012-05-08 11:49

      Funny I don't see any of the many militant ANC supporters commenting over here? Moderate, well-meaning khuliso down below also quickly runs out of steam as well! There just is no argument about it. BEE job reservation & "land reform" are just prefabricated epic scale failures!

      Kagiso - 2012-05-08 13:03

      typical African leaders love using scapegoats (colonialists, the west and gays) to blame for the failure of a nation.

      Wayne Davies - 2014-01-04 09:24

      Let them starve, As always the black man destroys what us whities build, then he comes back with his hands held out saying we owe him because of colonialism. No more sympathy. Viva Independence, Viva Mugabe!

  • mholthuysen - 2012-05-08 07:59

    And wasn't this the corn chamber of Africa... once upon a time, before land "reforms" and land theft, Mugabe mismanagement and blatant ignorance...

  • Doug - 2012-05-08 08:00

    How Ironic, 300,000 tons of corn, grown by the white farmers who were kicked off their farms in living and farming in Zambia

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-08 08:08

      Kick the white man out then run to the countries where the white man is operating to beg for his corn.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-08 08:31

      Correction. Yes x Zim farmers did take part in developing Zam in becoming a success, but it was SA farmers who were the first big influx that started building the production levels. With the Zim fiasco Zam was already producing more than consuming and still growing. The Zam investment Center concentrate hard to bring in SA farmers and other since the mid to late 90's. Some left, due to numerous "excuses", but the majority stayed and with the involvement of fertilizer group Omnia, that use a "maize for fertilizer" exchange system the smallest farmer became more productive. Omnia also did some soil testing that help the farmers a lot. Even the farmers that were their, before any influx, started to produce more. Shows you what a good mindset and practicing it can do.

  • Daniel - 2012-05-08 08:08

    I thought Zim was heaven on earth!!! Or that's according to mad Robert!!! You better start taking care of our farmers, cause this will happen in SA if the killing and price hikes on everything don't stop!!! If only our government knew how to read these comments so that they could start to lister to the people!!!

      Walter - 2012-05-08 08:14

      To echo comments made by others. Wouldn't it be ironic if, in years to come, people like Malema (dare I mention the word) came into power and booted the last remaining and only productive white farmers out of SA, by which time Mugabe is done and dusted, and those white farmers started growing "corn" (mealies) which in turn was exported back to SA??? Possibility??..... I think so!

      Daniel - 2012-05-08 08:18

      @walter, I really wanna say it out loud! I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE!!! Cause the way things are going now, is sad!!!!

      khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-05-08 08:40

      @ daniel its not about farmers killing only also abuse of workers that will threaten food security

  • Phillip van Niekerk - 2012-05-08 08:11

    KA Ching! Spot on! Just so sad that it's once again Settlers, White Settlers from Countries such as Europe supplying Money supporting these Evil deeds to continue! Wonder if julias would still chase em away like he did with that British reporter?

  • Patrick - 2012-05-08 08:16

    Viva "we are starving, but at least we got rid of the terrible whites" Viva Mugabe.....Malema's hero. Sadly, this is Africa where nothing is ever learned!

      Kagiso - 2012-05-08 13:10

      you've hit the nail on the head. bet you that those zimbos and trolls are still praising and worshiping mugarbage like a hero on empty stomachs.

      Wayne Davies931 - 2014-01-04 10:16

      Lessons will never be learned because the rest of the world keeps bailing them out. Enough is enough, while the Zim farmers were being beaten off their land the rest of the world sat by and watched with two eyes, then they, the black Zimbo's took over that land, destroyed it, and now they must reap what the sew. Let them starve. No more sympathy.

  • jeff.puttergill - 2012-05-08 08:19

    There can be no quick fix solutions. . . I was brought up on a farm and realize there is never a 1,2,3 year plan, 5-10 years with help from the government, regarding water rights and economic stability. The purchase of fertilizers and such goods, if imported will make it near impossible to get sufficient return and can lead to Poor Investment based agriculture and failure. FARMING IS NOT AS EASY AS PLANT AND WHATCH GROW. . . ITS A SCIENCE OF BALANCING SOIL CONTENT WITH CROP GENETICS AND PROVIDING OPTIMAL AMOUNTS OF SUN AND WATER, HOPING THE ELEMENTS ARE KIND. These skills are aquired through experience, failure and the humility to ask for help.

      Patrick - 2012-05-08 08:26

      Jeff, unfortunately "forethought" and "consequential thinking" cannot be taught, it is innate.

      Wayne Davies - 2014-01-04 09:37

      Jeff, I don't think Mugabe reads these comments so you wasting your time explaining this to us. But thanks anyway.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-08 08:20

    And this is what Mal-Emma wants for us??

  • William - 2012-05-08 08:26

    Quietly smiling to myself....

      Martin - 2012-05-08 10:55

      IM LAUGHING MY ASS OFF, i guess we be ready for the waves of refugees again

      Kagiso - 2012-05-08 13:16


  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-05-08 08:26

    To all the Malema supporters is this what you want for South Africa

      khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-05-08 08:44

      zambia is leasing their land to farmers so i dont understand your point Cassandra. Malema policy on land is no nationalise land and lease it to farmers that is the same policy in Zambia. the rationale behind is that land is expensive when government is the client and it affects land redistribution

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-08 09:11

      Sounds like quite a good deal khuliso. ANC buys my farm, I get to lease it back - with a fair amount of capital for mahala in my bank account. Would it not be cheaper just to leave us that have farms alone? Cheaper and better for the country, just buy farms on the open market for land reform - but only when you are certain the recipients have an interest in farming! The current scenario is just ideological political hogwash, if there really was a "land issue", the current beneficiaries would have done something with the 1000's of ha of land given to them. They have not. Proves the falacy of the "land issue". An issue created by politicians for political manipulation.

      Jan - 2012-05-08 11:19

      @khuliso Land redistribution to whom!!!!!!!!!. Black folk that have no idea how to farm. I would never want acres of farm land, reason being, I got no idea on how to farm that land correctly. But maybe there are a lot of uneducated people out there that can do better than our present white farmers, hey khuliso!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Mattewis - 2012-05-08 12:08

      @Khuliso The point of individual & personal land ownership, is so that if one farmer is an idi0t and stuffs up, there are still many others who maybe have an idea of what they're doing and can still produce food for their country's masses! Also one tends to take better care of something that belongs to you than to someone else. When a single farmer (say Mugabe or Malema) controls all the land, you get Zimbabwe with people resorting to eating shoots, roots, & rats! In Zambia if you sit real still with your mouth open, there's a good chance the banana will grow down your throat! In SA, without blood sweat and tears, the ground produces only thorns & thistles! In the best parts (Old -Transkei & -Ciskei, KZN), you require a slight bit less effort. I, for one, will not lease low quality arid land from a corrupt government, that's for sure!

      Dabllee - 2012-05-08 17:52

      THank you Khuliso, of all the comments that i have read here you seem to be the only person who is making sense. the rest of these clowns are just uttering total rubbish

  • mholthuysen - 2012-05-08 08:28

    And where are all the blind ANC followers... see what happens if you have a party "run" a country without principles; where "leaders" are more important than people. And where the Ex-Youth Leader publicly announces how great the person is who has destroyed this once prosperous country. Take note - if things don't change here soon - we will be in the same position.

      Skhumba - 2012-05-08 08:41

      South Africa will never fall into Zim's trap - those who think like that must just get visas and go overseas......we have a lot of capable leaders here, who are greedy yes but they also use common sense when it comes to not taking their voters for granted. If ANC takes us for granted, then we have alternatives, hence the Western Cape Government....and Gauteng in 2014(will fall into DA hands)- watch this space......Education is the key in South Africa, thats all......DA hires people on merit......but of course they do have their blunders like any other political party, however we do have an alternative right there. Viva ANC viva!!

      khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-05-08 08:47

      im a proud ANC follower and land in Zambia is leased to farmers before you post comment try to read policy document of Zambia on land ownership, the ANC negotiated good deals for SA farmers in the DRC regardless of colour as you are trying to potrary the ANC. refernce agri SA website

      Heibrin - 2012-05-08 08:55

      @Skhumba: you say education is the key, and yet Zimbabweans was once known to be the best educated nation in Africa, with one of the highest literacy rates in the world. No Rhodesia, Zimbabwe. And look where they are now. All it took was one idiot who wanted all the power (to be the king of his tribe, and his tribe to rule over the rest), and look how far they've fallen. Education without common sense means nothing.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-08 09:13

      khuliso, the ANC is now stalling the DRC deal through not signing the bilateral agreements. I wonder why?

      Jacqui - 2012-05-08 11:54

      Skhumba, our leaders are greedy but they also use common sense?. I don't think so.

  • Templar - 2012-05-08 08:32

    Oh dear, the irony of it all; The same whiteys chased of their farms are now coining it by selling food back into Zim. Sorry people, you cannot eat land, you have to actually work at it.

  • lance.ernest - 2012-05-08 08:32

    Surely, do we hve dat much excess?

      Templar - 2012-05-08 08:35


  • Skhumba - 2012-05-08 08:36

    I think urgent political intervention is needed now in that country, be it elections first whatever works, but that Country needs some wake up call from somewhere, because surely those in Power there do not suffer & are ignorant of the continued hunger being experienced by their voters......Africa Must Wake Up!!!!

      Martin - 2012-05-08 11:01

      mugabe needs to be assassinated or shipped to stand for war crimes and crimes against humanity, torture charges and the rest of the stunts he has pulled...zimbabweans that i know are decent folks, mugabe and his new anc style politics are the cause of the problems, mugabe just kills and terrorises his opposition, military intervention is all that will work on his government, drag him from a water pipe and kill him like gooodaffi

  • Skhumba - 2012-05-08 08:41

    South Africa will never fall into Zim's trap - those who think like that must just get visas and go overseas......we have a lot of capable leaders here, who are greedy yes but they also use common sense when it comes to not taking their voters for granted. If ANC takes us for granted, then we have alternatives, hence the Western Cape Government....and Gauteng in 2014(will fall into DA hands)- watch this space......Education is the key in South Africa, thats all......DA hires people on merit......but of course they do have their blunders like any other political party, however we do have an alternative right there. Viva ANC viva!!

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:46

      eh? not sure which side of the fence you are on there???

      stefaans.blaauw - 2012-05-08 09:08

      Easy to see which side you are,,the blind side

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-08 09:20

      @Alan. I think he is currently ANC, but he stated that there is alternatives that can work(DA) and that he will use his vote if the ANC does not pull up their socks.(To me it sounds that he will already show them by be part of a turn vote in Gauteng in 2014) To my understanding he send the ANC a warning and if ignore he will vote for who ever he hopes can do better. That, to me, is the right attitude. Use your power. Use your vote. That is what we need in SA. People using their votes. Even if you are/were a hard loyalist. Wrong will never be right.

      Nigel - 2012-05-08 09:37

      man you are confused, you support the ANC but you acknowledge that they are taking the people for "granted", more like raping the nation if you ask me, but then you talk sense & say that education is key & that the DA is doing things right & you have an alternative, how much wrong must the ANC do before you become convinced that they are taking us the Zim route, I have to wonder.

      Skhumba - 2012-05-08 09:51

      ANC but critical of what is happening currently in our country, we cant deny the fact that our Govt is run by corrupt individuals, always fronting with companies to get major tenders from the state. I think if it falls, it will be because of this scourge.....nothing else. However on DA taking over GP, with e-tolls saga, too many service delivery protests by informal settlements dwellers, I can only hope that the ruling party satisfies the Township+suburbs folks, if it wants to avoid losing GP to DA bu 2014. Just observing the current situations

      rayno.grever - 2012-05-08 10:16

      @ Skhumba: May I ask why you support the ANC?

      Skhumba - 2012-05-08 10:17

      @DuToitCoetzee, you heard me well. People must not think just because we support & vote for the ANC, then we are idiots who cant think. im telling you, if these current problems are not resolved soon, you will see the opposition winning three provinces by 2014, watch this space.....The parliament may even resort to stupid Floor crossing move, which in turn may be suicidal to the ruling party currently...........I tell it like it is - and you cant expel me like juju...ha ha

      Skhumba - 2012-05-08 10:29

      The ANC's key objective is the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society and we will not deviate from this objective. And it is the only Liberation Movement that has stuck to this objective, that's why I support ANC.

      rayno.grever - 2012-05-08 10:34

      You are aware that the NP and ANC have joined forces?

      Skhumba - 2012-05-08 11:18

      Yepp, do u anticipate DA will join ANC?? - or what..........I think that will be a sad day in our country.....Capitalists would have won with flying colours...........we need strong opposition in the country, and DA seems to be doing a gr8 job....other parties are just there to clap hands, their voice is not significant anyway!

      Elize - 2012-05-08 17:37

      Skhumba atleast you have a open mind, not like most people that just vote ANC for the sake of voting ANC, atleast you acknowledge that there is a problem!!

  • Refiloe - 2012-05-08 08:53

    this wont happend in S.A. we are Racist with each other ignorent and some times stupid but we always stand together in times Of Crisis. as For Malema he can move to Zim.

  • Fanie - 2012-05-08 08:56

    We are definitely on the same route as the rest of Africa with the main objectives of the ANC's agricultural policy being (a) the development of small black farmers and (b) food security without the understanding that these objectives could never be accomplished together. It's a choice that the President and Minister of Agriculture don't understand: It's either small farmers and starvation or commercial agriculture and food security. But they want to prove that small farmers can produce enough food for the country while it has been proven over and over in the rest of Africa that it will never be possible!!

  • Ted - 2012-05-08 09:01

    I think if we apply ourselves properly to the land issue, we can move forward better. Instead of rolling in the sand laughing about Zim, we should learn from the Zim situation. Whenever we talk about land; we take extremely polarised positions instead of engaging in positive dialogue as to what we can do. The first factor we have to understand is that the status quo is not sustainable. If it is not, what can we do? If we are honest with ourselves, we know that every farm (or the majority thereof) is not farmed from fence to fence. At most farmers farm about a quarter of their farmland. The unutilised portion of the farm can be subdivided off to emerging farmers. The farmer currently on the farm can continue farming and may as well assist the emergent farmers since the knowledge for farming on that particular area will be with him. He may know issues like soil types, crop types etc. Production will increase instead of declining. The alternative is to take whole farms from farmers and give them to emergent farmers. It is not smart because the production on the farm stops and it takes a long time for the new farmers to learn the tools of the trade. In my opinion, the aspirations of current farmers and those who want land are not necessarily at a tangent. (Just an idea from my vantage point on top of the barn!)

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-08 11:04

      Ted, I believe you are trying to grasp at solutions, which is good, but I think you are a bit out of touch with reality. That the current situation is "unsustainable" is not reality. In reality there is no need for land, this is proven by all the failed "reform" farms to date. The land issue is not a real one. Your comment "most farmers farm about a quarter of their farmland" is a thumbsuck and very far from the truth. It depends completely on how much of the land they own is farmable. 60% of my farm is not farmed, as it is rough steep rocky terrain, you can't do anything with it farmeing wise. I see it as a conservation area, an area where wildlife can thrive. It has no other use to humans but aesthetic pleasure, I would help nobody by giving it to them. Real issues are housing, health facilities, education, law enforcement - etc etc etc. Their is more than enough land currently available for aspiring black farmers without taking it from us. But that does not suit the real agenda of the land issue, which is revenge - revenge never did much for any nation. But I'm glad you have constructive idea's, even if a bit ignorant of certain realities. I think a lot of your idea's are more from perceptions you have about what farming is all about? Commercial farmers are already helping emerging farmers as mentors in many cases.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-05-08 09:14

    This is what Malema wanted to happen to our country

  • Anakin - 2012-05-08 09:16

    Next...there will be no electricity anywhere [evil white invention], no clean water [evil white invention] and zero food. Mugabe is a total genius... [sarcasm]

  • Jacob - 2012-05-08 09:50

    Economic empowerment begins with the mind (education). Inheritance whthout proper management skills leads to d zim situation.

  • Bakers - 2012-05-08 09:50

    Part1 An ant and a grasshopper lived in the same field. During the summer the ant works all day and night bringing in supplies for the winter and he prepares his home to keep him warm during the cold nights ahead. Meanwhile the grasshopper hops, dances and sings, eats all the grass he wants…. Come winter, the grass dies and it is bitterly cold. The ant is well fed and warm in his house, but the grasshopper is without food and shelter, the moral of the story is that you must work hard to ensure that you can take care of yourself! Not in Zimbabwe…… the first part is the same, but there are a few complications. The starving, shivering offspring of the grasshopper demand to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed, while they are living next door in terrible conditions without food and proper clothing. A TV crew shows up and broadcasts footage of the poor grasshoppers, contrasting this with footage of the ant, smug in his comfortable house with enough food. In the blink of an eye, the AGU – African Grasshopper Union is formed.

  • Bakers - 2012-05-08 09:51

    Part 2 They charge the ant with being biased and claim that the grasshoppers are the victims of 30 million years of oppression. They stage their protest in front of the ant’s house and trash the street. The TV crew interviews them and they all say that their demands need to be met, or else they will be pushed into a life of crime. Just for practice, they loot the TV crew’s luggage and hi-jack their van the TRC – Take and Redistribute Committee- justifies their behaviour and blames the ants for years of oppression. They further demand that the ants apologise for their behaviour. PAGAD – People Against Grasshopper Abuse and Distress - state that they are starting a holy war against the ants. The president appears on the news and says that he will do everything he can for the grasshoppers who have been denied the prosperity that they deserve by those who benefited unfairly during the summer.

  • Bakers - 2012-05-08 09:51

    Part 3 The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing the last of the ant’s food, while the house that he is in crumbles around him because he does not know how to maintain it. The ant, meanwhile is not allowed to work, because he benefited so much historically. In his place, ten grasshoppers work only two hours a day and steal half of what they actually harvest. When winter comes again and no food has been harvested, they strike and demand a 150% increase in their wages so they can buy more food, which now has to be imported, since the grasshoppers are not productive enough. The ant packs his things and emigrates to another field (Zambia), where he starts a highly successful food company and becomes a millionaire by selling food to the field where he had previously been living

      Phillip van Niekerk - 2012-05-08 11:14

      Spot on!

  • thozi - 2012-05-08 09:53

    In terms of the recommendations of Malema, Mantashe and a few other "comrades", here's an exaple of a country to be emulated. I guess in a few years to come, barring the arrest of the current down-slope, this is where our lovely South Africa is headed for. We should be ready to import all our food after we have expropriated all commercial farms without compensation and their subsequent nationalization.

      Skhumba - 2012-05-08 10:23

      thozi, that dream will never come true, too many intelligent people are now in government, just that the top six is divided and we will have a different policy makers post 2014 elections. Collins Chabane must not be in the Presidency beyond 2014 if we were to avoid becoming Zim. Limpopo & Mpumalanga seem to be producing scary leaders, however we need Mantashe....but without Zuma unfortunately!!!!

      thozi - 2012-05-08 12:15

      @Skhumba It's actually more like a hallucination that haunts me, than a 'dream'. I do however, take some comfort in your optimism, but not with the majority of the current lot in Government.

  • Ben - 2012-05-08 10:35

    Lack of logic must really sting. Buy the ticket. Take the ride.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-08 10:39

    Before this year is out I guarantee South Africa will be doing the same. To ANC supporters, take a good hard look at Zimbabwe, that is where you are taking this country.

  • Angela - 2012-05-08 11:02

    Oh but Mugabe is such a hero (sarcasm)! This "liberation" hero has brought economic slavery to his people. But they still yell "Viva Mugabe Viva". Go figure!

      Skhumba - 2012-05-08 11:23

      I think it's a funeral send off - they want him to die in peace,& die a hero......then they will say Thank God we are free................

      Angela - 2012-05-08 17:52

      About 30 years too late to die a hero.

      Wayne Davies - 2014-01-04 10:11

      Skhumba.....If they want Mugabe to die in peace and like a hero then they must live and starve like cowards.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-08 11:49

    I hope some one in the ANC have enough brains to take this news to heart. Is this what is waiting for South Africa?.

  • Kevin - 2012-05-08 13:04

    well done Bob - you the greatest leader - another failed state due to total incompetence - even Ian Smith ensured everyone had food on the table..!

  • khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-05-08 15:14

    @ Jan the land redistribution policy is not about blacks, however about those who were previously disadvantaged by the system of government ( white females, blacks, indians, coloured). surveys show that most of farm workers are blacks therefore they have the knowledge to farm. white farmers were not born farmers skills were transfered from older generation to younger generation.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-08 16:37

      They do have a certain amount of knowledge, but not enough to actually farm. All the technical issues on my farm have to be dealt with by me, my labour are uneducated and cannot deal with complicated issues. I promise you they will fail without me, and the same goes for most farms. Why have none of these skilled farm labourers managed to make a success of any land reform farm? Also, you guys want to do things on a communal basis, where nobody is the "boss". All this does is create conflict through jealousy, mistrust, laziness etc - it always ends with nobody doing anything in case he has to do more than his mate. Problem with the commies is they think black people are not human, that they will function like insects eg bee's, ants, that have no emotions. If you accepted they were also human you would realise that you should rather nurture individuals, not communities. There are successful black commercial farmers in SA, they are individuals, and 99% did not achieve their success on handouts. They were not political pawns, they are people that had a genuine wish to farm.

      Elize - 2012-05-08 17:49

      It is not just the knowledge to farm but so much more than that. I had family that owned a farm and I tell you even if I was given that farm for free I wouldn't take it!! It is very very hard work and those farmers don't have help from our goverment, if for whatever reason the crops failed you sit with absolute nothing, no income at all and then you have to start all over again with money often borrowed from the bank and that money has to be repaid. I think a lot of people see's the farmers with their bakkies and houses and farms and think they are rich, it is absolutely not the case!!

  • Unathi - 2012-05-08 15:17

    You make your bed, you lie in it. Its as simple as that

  • travo.chiwang - 2012-05-08 22:28

    Fact is the settler white's economy is the one which has collapsed. The economy for the recently resettled poor black people is honestly improving year in and year out. The situation on the ground can prove this. Sympathisers of former racist white farmers must just shut up. Mugabe's crusade of black economic empowerment is unstoppable. Hats off our hero.

      rayno.grever - 2012-05-09 02:34

      Must be the hunger talking

      willium.moyo - 2012-05-10 22:38

      If what you're saying is true then why are we buying maize from Zambia?

  • Phelamanga - 2012-05-11 07:03

    How ironic that Zambia, in the 60s and 70s, because of its Zambianisation policy (AA/EE, BEE, etc in South Africa today), had to import food. Since Zambia has learnt to respect all its citizens irrespective of race, it has become an exporting country.The Zambian version of the NDR failed and it took 27 years for the people to realise that they had a fatcat government that only looked after its own corrupt minority elite. there is a lesson to be learnt here.

  • Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-05-17 08:23

    The farmers who left South Africa and Zimbabwe are farming big in Zambia, and Zambia will if everything goes according to plan be the food basket of Africa soon enough. Mr Mugabe has done the farmers a big favour and shot himself in the foot, by disenfranchising the white farmers.

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