A BLOG DOCUMENTING THE PROJECT
So since we submitted our plan at the end of February we have been working hard to secure support to ensure its implementation. We have engaged with different spheres of government as well as the private sector and donor funding agencies. Although support to take things to next level is not yet finalised, we are confident that the balance can be tipped in favour of further progress.
Besides the existing opportunities set out in the Matzikama ABP, the key to success will be the availability of an additional 6 000 hectares under irrigation for market-oriented black farmers which will be made possible by the raised wall of the Clanwilliam Dam - a cabinet approved strategic infrastructure project. The wall is now under construction again, and all the relevant stakeholders are fully on board.
This opportunity to create a rare ‘win-win’ in land reform is unprecedented. Irrigated high-value crops grown by a large number of small- and medium-scale black farmers will create jobs in both primary production and in value chains, and show that land redistribution and agricultural development are not a ‘cost’ to society, but an opportunity to be actively promoted broadly supported and of benefit to all.