Stolen Land and Land Reform is it possible, this blog looks at the involvement of the African in agriculture pre 1936, and the Afrikaner / Boer, establishment as the power that they are today.
“Sirs, the complainants would like us to believe that they were the population that fed the nation in 1913. Today, this claim sounds crazy, giving our perceptions of the inability of the black person to achieve.”
“In 2013, when I was first introduced to the complainants’ questions around their economic segregation through the removal of them from their land, I was referred to ‘MAIZE, a TEXT-BOOK’.”
“Members of the Jury, the Maize Book, (1914) clearly indicates the influence to develop our Maize Crop as an export crop, aimed at encouraging the white farmer to start planting maize, and every effort is made to convince them that it is not a Kaffir Crop, and that they can make money.”
“We include a web link to the archive material. The complainants, acknowledging their bias, have asked me to quote from this book, reading it into evidence.”
“Between 1910 and 1914, the system wrote a book, MAIZE, a TEXT-BOOK, aimed at encouraging the Boer to start planting Maize, A few relevant pages are included in Die Kis.”
Chapter 1, Page 2.
Maize is one of the easiest crops to grow, standing more rough usage than perhaps any other; a favourite Kaffir method of planting is to scatter the seed broadcast over the unbroken veldt and then plough the ground; even with this crude treatment crops of 1,5 to 2 muids of grain per acre obtained.
Chapter 1, Page 3-4
We still hear South African farmers say that maize is a Kaffir crop, and that maize-growing does not pay the more ambitious white farmer. We hope to show in the following pages that, except where abnormal economic or unfavourable climatic conditions prevail, this is not the case when the crop is grown properly.
What the American Farmer Thinks of It. – In view of the fact that the United States produces 820,000,000 muids of maize per annum – three quarters of the world’s crop, and that this is not grown with cheap “native” labour, it may be well to look for a moment at the attitude of the American farmers towards the maize crop.
In the United States it is a common saying that “Corn is King”. “Corn” in America is maize.
Chapter 1, Page 5.
Maize is a White Man’s Crop. – Maize is essentially a white man’s crop, and Prof. Carver (1) doubts whether it “could be grown at all, as it is grown in the Corn-belt, if dependence had to be placed upon Negro labour”. The labour employed in that part of the country is entirely white, earning about £5 per month and board the year round. Yet ……….
Chapter 1, Page 7.
Future Possibilities of Development in South Africa, – European corn brokers have recently referred to South Africa as the future maize granary of Europe. Maize will always be the staple cash crop of South Africa. As its value for stock food becomes better appreciated, the local demand will increase, and in this connection Earl Grey’s recent prophecy of a shortage in the world’s beef supply is suggestive. At the present time the country has only begun to show that it is possible to produce good maize. The traveller is impressed with the enormous areas of fertile land, suitable for growing maize, which are at present untouched by the plough, virgin sod like the American prairies. ………..
“Sirs, driving this initiative is the Export market and the perceived unreliability of our black farmers.”
“Sirs, this book was published in 1914, it would have been prepared before 1913, nowhere in this publication do the writers allow for black participation in the agricultural economy, even though the 1913 Native Land Act was only just promulgated.”