One of the conditions of the statutory measures is that at least 20% of levy income be spent on transformation (development of emerging role players).
For the first 2 years of the statutory measures the main focus of management was on core functions including research, information gathering and distribution, crop protection and setting of standards. An evaluation of the level of involvement of black farmers in the pecan nut industry was done to support existing farmers before sourcing new farmers as pecan nuts is a very long term crop.
During July 2014 it was decided that transformation could only be effective if specific focus is also given to new farmers. Due to the low number of current black pecan nut farmers it was decided that emphasis be placed on assisting farmers that are interested in getting involved in the pecan nut industry and those farming in areas where pecan nuts are already grown and expertise is at hand.
A trial project was launched in the Groblershoop/Grootdrink area near Upington and a second project was initiated near Rustenburg.