South Africa is in a very good place with their agriculture. The infrastructure for agriculture ensures good food security, and crops have storage places. A big order for our grain will come from a foreign nation, and we will be able to fulfil some of that order but not the whole order because some of the grain will be stored for South Africa’s use. Imports and exports will be balanced.

Many misconceptions in terms of the value of agriculture in South Africa will be addressed in 2020. The value of this industry will greatly increase in the coming year. This will force the government to implement new policies in terms of agriculture.

Dormant land

There are many dormant farms on the agriculture minister’s radar, and they are under discussion. Although privately owned, they are not working farms, and no one is living on them. Huge patches of ground are not utilised.  The agriculture minister is in discussion over this to expropriate the land that is not used.  Every time expropriation is mentioned, there is a huge uproar. Discussions will be held on how to handle this with wisdom not to cause people to become anxious and distressed. People are being encouraged to decentralise.

Cities are currently overpopulated.  Plans are being made to attract people to rural areas and build villages close to major cities, like mini villages where they can build schools and plant small crops and gardens so that people do not need to flock to cities to earn a living.

The major five cities, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and two others, are groaning under the large number of people. There are just too many people for the roads, the clinics, and the schools. The intention is to decentralise and bring people out of the cities.

Employing local

More local people will be employed in the farming industry.

Exports

In 2020, there will be a decline in exports to the usual places. Some regular export destinations will dry up, but an increase in new destinations will allow exports to continue. There are scouts out at the moment and salesmen moving around to different countries, finding markets, especially for our fruit. Exporters of fruit and fruit products, dried fruit and juices, will find new markets because they have a sense of the old market points changing.

Farmers will have to attend to the nation’s needs first before they export, and a high-quality product should be placed on the local market at a higher price. Basic food groups will be in high demand in 2020.

Brazil will be purchasing much of our produce.  There will be greater international relations between Brazil, and much of South African’s wheat will be released into Russia.

Farming communities

Faith is rising amongst the farmers. They are standing together in community-based events. Many inventions from the agricultural sector will streamline things and make it easier for our farmers to have an advantage in what they do. Some of these inventions will be underground watering and the drip method; a compost composition will win a national award.

Farmers will have to cluster into smaller groups and have better security measures to protect their farms and families.

Security

Drones will be used for security for farms over larger regions. The drones will be a part of preventative action for security forces to see what is happening clearly. Different communities will link arms, finances will be available, and the government will back the program financially to combat crime and farm murders.

Free State premier

The farmers in the Free State have really been praying for the premier to be replaced. The new premier will upgrade the roads and farming in the Free State will become more secure and free.

Government aid for drought-stricken farmers

The government will step in to give financial relief for the drought-stricken area in the Northern Cape.  The drought will gradually be erased in 2020.  It will start with little rain and gradually increase to regular rain, and agricultural land in the Northern Cape will normalise.

The greater agricultural community in South Africa will be more prepared to assist communities struggling with these types of disasters.

Minister of agriculture

The agricultural minister will be replaced. The man who will replace him will be a man of vision who understands food security and science.

Agricultural schools

Because of him being put in place, training and agricultural schools will be established for the next generation.

Targeted attack

There has been a targeted attack against farmers to stop production, specifically in the area of dairy. This will change, and the agricultural minister will bring fresh ideas and a fresh approach to agriculture.

New initiatives

An initiative will take place between the big commercial farmers and the government. Some initiatives are already in place and have started, but there will be an increase. This will see the big commercial farmers extending their expertise to the smaller farmers and communities. The government will support this initiative, and tax incentives and special funding will be made available to help boost farmers’ growth in 2020.

Innovation

Innovations from lecturers and students from the University of Pretoria working together on ploughing and harvesting implements will be presented to farmers to save them time and money.

Alternative farming methods for cities will be researched to bring food closer to people. There is a search for overseas specialists to help with that. However, the specialists are not overseas but here in South Africa.

Rainfall

The rainy season will be late, although enough water will be available for agricultural purposes. There will be localised flooding in some areas, and the ground-water table will rise significantly. A cloud covering the whole of South Africa was seen, almost like the 14-day ‘perske reën’ (peach rain) of old.

The next season will not bring very consistent rains. Heavy rains will be followed by patches of dry periods, so the farmers will have to be careful with the water. More dams are needed on farms as catchment areas for the water. Rainfall will be sporadic, and care will need to be taken to save water for drier seasons in terms of catchment areas and dams.

Food security for 2020 will be good, and the fruit trees will bear fruit in great abundance. The mealie crops will be excellent, and all the crops will yield very well if farmers are wise and look after the water that does fall when the rains do come.

Farmers must be forward-thinking, not only about the present season, month or year. They must think ahead past 2020 and 2021. Some fields need to lie dormant to catch up with their nourishment, and they need to be prepared before more crops are planted.

2020 will be a hot, dry season with very high wind and wildfires. Farmers must have fire breaks in place, keep them maintained and not let any shrubs grow over the fire breaks. The prevention program does not only refer to the natural but also the spiritual: to guard their hearts, to trust in God, and to be aware of those strong winds.

Redeeming of the land

Farmers are in fear concerning their land. A vision was seen of farmers walking over their land. This is a commission from the Lord to walk and pray over their land and have communion there. There is a redeeming of the land.

There will be a division between those who have redeemed their land and have a much stronger crop and those that have only prayed.  Farmers redeeming their land through prayer, and communion will have bigger crops.  It is as though they will be walking in their jubilee year and will have more than enough.

Renewable energy

Large areas that have become unproductive due to adverse weather conditions over the years will present opportunities for renewable energy such as solar and wind farms, and farmers should be open to exploring this.