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Ncora, an example of what farming in SA could look like

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Andile Ntingi is the chief executive and co-founder of GetBiz, an e-procurement and tender notification service. (Photo: Finweek)
Andile Ntingi is the chief executive and co-founder of GetBiz, an e-procurement and tender notification service. (Photo: Finweek)

Deep in the rural Eastern Cape, on the banks of the Tsomo River, lies the town of Ncora, home to one of many irrigation schemes in the province that suffered from years of under-investment after the fall of apartheid in 1994.

Ncora’s land is so fertile and blessed with vast water resources that it could easily be South Africa’s breadbasket. However, the area is unlikely to become one of our country’s main sources of food unless a serious effort is made to attract private investors to steer it towards its full potential.

These places represent a wasted opportunity akin to the commercial farms that are bought by government from white farmers and transferred to black farmers only for the farms to end up being unproductive under the new owners.

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