Go where you are appreciated. This is a 30-year deal which in effect is a permanent move. One does not spend thirty years building up a life just to drop it when a lease expires. The Congo farms will flourish and provided the political situation is stable, food and jobs aplenty, and racial issues do not surface, the Congolese will let the farmers stay on. Our loss is their gain. Just like the other one million South Africans with skills that have left. The longer they stay away, the less the likelihood of returning. The ANC continues in self-destruct mode. Yes, better to have one over whitey even if it means starving the population and ruining the economy. Cut off the nose to spite the face. The Congolese like many African countries have learnt that whitey can get things done and no farmer is better than white South African farmers born and bred of the African soil. Black South Africans still need to learn the lesson that awaits them. Too bad it can't be undone when that day comes.
South Africa has signed a deal with the Republic of Congo that will give South African farmers access to up to 10 million hectares of farmland, the country's biggest farmers' union said on Tuesday.
The deal, potentially one of the largest land agreements on the continent and part of Congo's plan to improve food security, will allow South African farmers to lease land for maize, soy beans, poultry and dairy cattle among other produce.
"It's 10 million hectares of under-utilised land that have been made available to us," Theo deJager, deputy president of union Agri SA, told Reuters. "We have signed the agreement and it's initially for a 30-year renewable lease."
South Africa has one of the most developed agriculture sectors on the continent and its farmers are looking to expand into other countries. ["looking to expand"? nice twist on the facts there...]
They are joined in the scramble for land abroad by countries including China, South Korea and European and Middle East nations after steep food price inflation last year highlighted the need to achieve greater food security.
De Jager said the South African deal included tax exemptions on importing agricultural inputs and equipment and full expatriation of profits.
Some 200 000 hectares of state farms would be immediately available for South African farmers, De Jager said, but added: "It's not limited to those farms...There's no limit on the land you can get (up to 10 million ha)...it's whatever you need in terms of your business plan."
De Jager said about 1 700 South African farmers had enquired about farming in the Congo. "I don't think all of them will eventually go out there, but there has been huge interest in this," he said. - Reuters