Clarify command agric specifics
EDITOR — Command agriculture sounds quite interesting. Having tried to read articles on the initiative before without grasping the concept, I found the article “Command agric nets 300 000 ha” informative.
However, there is need for clarity on the projected commercial viability of the initiative in the interest of prospective participants.
Thanks for your report, I now have an idea of the expected yield per hectare. If the $500 million pledged by the Government is all for the targeted land, there is a reasonable cost estimate per hectare.
What I am not sure about is how much Government will buy the maize at. As someone willing to participate, how much do I make after getting support and selling my produce to Government? Or is the initiative only subsistence-oriented?
I need a full grasp of the commercial viability of this programme.
I would also imagine Government will buy the maize at a price that allows it not to just cover the support, but seeing as Government itself has to borrow the $500, its obligation to creditors.
Like I said, I will have better understanding of command agriculture if I come across an article where these details are articulated. Farmers need to know what is there in it for them so that they can fully commit. Dr Newton, Via e-mail.