Agriculture has by force of necessity, moved from manual to mechanised practise,
merely because to the scale required to cope with demand. Farmers / Landowners are
now faced with having to know the “trade”, with the individual farmers having to
acquire the necessary expertise to effectively operate and manage a farm, especially
in an ever evolving industry. To add to this, the necessary implements are also expensive
to purchase, and then one has to add the operating expenses. In most cases the market
price of the products are a set figure, and should the input costs rise, the prices
can normally not be raised to remain profitable. This puts strain on most operations,
across the board of scale. This also prevents emerging farmers from effectively entering
the market if they do not have a sound financial backing or base to work from. In
Africa the economic and political conditions are effectively preventing investment
in the agricultural sector, even though from need and humanitarian perspective it
is vital that there is agricultural production. Food security is at the top of every
country’s priority list, yet Africa, which has the potential to feed the world, is
not getting out of the poverty cycle, which is a stumbling block.
A Technical Agricultural Cooperative, as pioneered in other parts of the world, can
be adapted to make a meaningful contribution towards solving the listed problems
that are effectively preventing the agricultural sector from developing into what
it should be. In this day and age, everything is driven and motivated by money. So
this is an opportunity for everybody involved to see the direct benefits out of whatever
their contribution to the “big picture” may be.
The prerequisite is that the available land has to be used as effectively as possible.
New, yet proven technology has to be applied to achieve the best possible results.
“Precision Farming” is when science is applied to make the most out of what is available,
to ensure maximum profitability.
Yet, reality dictates that Precision Farming, is beyond the reaches of most farmers,
be it from a financial or expertise aspect.
The project management company (HTAD), with the expertise pool and network of associate
expert service providers, and the assistance of legal counsel, forms the structure
of the Cooperative, which includes the landowners and the companies which provide
the expert services to the cooperative. The only contribution required from the landowners
is the use of their land, nothing else. They contribute the use of their land for
a set period of time (3 years recommended), no rental or lease agreements required.
That is one way to make sure that the reward is directly proportional to the amount
of land contributed. It is also a way of safeguarding all concerned that there are
no disproportional demands or requests. Furthermore, when there is coordinated and
centralized management, the collective buying power will reduce input costs, and
the collective sales through the ready established global commodity trade network,
assures all participants that the goods produced have a ready market.
Statistics from operations in other parts of the world, show that even a commercial
farmer, stands to increase his or her nett profits substantially each season, when
joining this management system.