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).
During July 2014 it was decided that transformation could only be effective if specific focus is 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.
Trial projects were launched near Upington and in the Vaalharts irrigation scheme. From 2014 to 2018 more than 4 000 trees were donated and planted.
It is important for the industry to get black farmers involved as successful participants.
The cost and long period between planting and harvesting pecan nuts necessitate a long term relationship between SAPPA and the identified black farmers.
It was decided to spend the bulk of the available transformation funds on soil preparation, production material/inputs, extension services and mentorship.
Pecan nuts are ideal for relative small scale farming or as part of a mixed farming operation. The pecan nut industry is currently fast growing and this allows for the involvement of developing farmers.
Pecan nuts are ideal for relative small scale farming or as part of a mixed farming operation.
The pecan nut industry is currently fast growing and this allows for the involvement of developing farmers.
- Assisting interested farmers and especially smallholder farmers to establish pecan nut orchards. This assistance has to be over a period of at least 8 to 10 years.
- Help farmers with existing orchards to improve their yields and to expand.
- Getting involved with other industries in joint ventures with pecan nuts as part of a basket of farming activities.
- Individual farmers and trusts – More than 50 farmers have been assisted to establish pecan nut orchards or to improve the yield on their existing orchards;
- Ganspan – This is an area with smallholder farmers in the Vaalharts irrigation scheme where pecan nut orchards are being established.
- Eksteenskuil – An area near Keimoes where pecan nuts are planted to supplement existing grape and other farming activities.
- Johannesburg South –This project currently includes Walkerville, Elandsfontein and Kliprivier. Individuals with suitable land and sufficient water are assisted to establish pecan nut orchards.
- Schools – Four schools in the Northern Cape and Free State are being helped to establish new orchards or to improve and extend existing orchards.
SAPPA is continuously investigating new projects and the increase in enquiries is seen as a sign that our transformation efforts are beginning to bear fruit.
We will appreciate information regarding any possible projects that can be investigated.