Dr Colin Forbes
60 farm employees
Amsterdam (Piet Retief)
Why was it started?
Proactively bring back hectares lost due to land redistribution failures.
How was it done?
Dr Colin Forbes allocated 60 hectares of his farmland to his 60 employees on an employee empowerment scheme. It is for this reason that Omnia chose to become involved and has been funding input costs equivalent to the 60 hectares for the employees, with Colin acting as a mentor to the employees.
The hectares relative to the number of beneficiaries may sound small in terms of economies of scale but conceptually it provides good training to position employees-turned- farmers into goal-oriented individuals.
How was it funded?