Our major goal is to develop a sustainable agricultural system that would provide at least one meal per day, according to the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad for the 40 million black people in America. Also this system should provide the necessary raw materials for the production clothing and housing for the 40 million are more black people in America. This requires the attainment, proper utilization and conservation of the useful land and using science and technology to make the non-useful land useful.
We have estimated that it will require 51 million acres of land to provide enough food for one meal per day for 40 million people if they eat meat. If meat and milk is not included, then the required land drops to 6.3 million acres of cropland or 9,852 square miles. Purchasing 6.3 million acres of cropland would require 6 billion dollars plus an additional 2 billion dollars for equipment. It would also require at least 18,000 farmers with the proper equipment to run such operations.
However, black people still retain 2.5 million acres. We must began to consider that 2.5 million acres as a part of our responsibility to insure its proper utilization for the feeding or our people. Our 1600 acre farm in Georgia must be viewed as the catalyst for the development of our sustainable food and fiber production system. However, we should not look to this farm for our total food needs. We must encourage the development of alliances with the 18,000 black farmers still in operation along with purchasing more land and developing more farmers. To this end we present the first installment of the organizational structure and goals of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Our major short term priorities include :
1. Increase contributions to the Three Year Economic Program..
2. Attain the proper equipment and facilities to make Muhammad Farms a viable enterprise,
3. Hire a farm manager and equipment repair specialist that are familiar with large scale farming operations,
4. Activate the Farm Marketing Coordinators to expand the market for our crops and for the crops of other black farmers.
5. Solve the transportation and storage problem that limits the marketability of our products.
6. Change the eating habits of our people so that we may service them.
7. Get more believers to volunteer service to the farm.
8. Develop an officers’ training boot camp and youth camp.
9. Develop alliances with black farmers and organizations.