Sunday, January 25, 2009

Wanted in the Congo: South African Farmers

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Wanted: 100 or more hardworking, adventurous South African farmers, who are willing, without any state-intervention, to farm on exceptionally fertile soil.

What's more, -- farmers will get the land for almost nothing.

In the region were the farms are going to be allocated there has never been a farm attack, drought, or any land claims. Farmers will be able to write their own salary cheque. The profit is unlimited because the yearly rainfall is 1500 mm.

But there is a catch: the farms are in the Republic of the Congo (not the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in West Africa, approximately 5000 km from Pretoria. Local farming supplies are nonexistent.

There is no established farmland that can just be cultivated, and no tractors, threshing machines or planters. On the other hand, there are wild animals and malaria mosquitoes.

But the brave farmers, who are prepared to ignore these little problems, will be treated like gold by the Congolese government, because the country now urgently needs South African farmers to establish a large, organized agricultural industry – something that currently doesn’t exist at all, hence the reason why the Congolese government is prepared to support South African farmers like never before.

This is more-or-less what officials from the Congolese government told Agri SA in Pretoria this past week.

According to a Congolese ambassador, South African farmers are the first choice.

“Indian and Chinese farmers were also considered, but the Congolese government is of the opinion that South African farmers are more in touch with Africa, and the feeling is that the Congolese people will be more inclined to get along with South African farmers,” said Theo de Jager, deputy-president of Agri SA.

“The Congolese government currently imports all agricultural products, at great expense, from France -- and the quality of the products is very poor. The objective is to produce many of these products locally and to also combat the widespread depopulation of rural areas,” explained De Jager.

De Jager mentioned that PetroSA had recently secured a contract for the extraction of oil and gas in the Congo. In exchange, PetroSA wants to invest agriculture in the country.

Essentially, farmers were needed for forestry, maize, sugarcane, rice, vegetables, and subtropical fruit, but people were also needed for cattle and goat farming.

The Congolese government is presently establishing what the requirements and needs are of South African farmers who are interested in farming the land, said De Jager.

Interested farmers can fax their details to 086 672 6588 or send e-mail to

The above extract is a direct translation from the original article in Afrikaans by Willem Pelser, which was published in the Rapport newspaper, dated Sunday, 25 Jan 2009.
Click here to read the original article in Afrikaans.

Background Info – Republic of the Congo

Western Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon. Geographic Coordinates: 1 00 S, 15 00 E

Tropical; rainy season (March to June); dry season (June to October); persistent high temperatures and humidity; particularly enervating climate astride the Equator.

For more info visit CIA World Factbook -

See also my latest posting - Beware of the Congo


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The Pretoria edition of the Afrikaans newspaper “Beeld” reported today that Agri SA has negotiated an exceptionally amenable agreement with Congolese government (Brazzaville) on behalf of South African farmers who are interested in farming in the Congo.

According to the agreement South African farmers will receive free land and will be able to use it for 99 years on condition that the farms will remain productive.

The government of the Congo has agreed to take steps to insure the safety of farmers and their freedom of movement.

According to Agri SA, even if only 20% of the farmers who have already shown an interest decide to leave, it will be the biggest single exodus of South African farmers to date.

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