There can be little doubt but that landowners welcomed the improved tax incentives to promote land leasing over our more traditional conacre system. The option to secure longer-term continued access to land provides security of access for the farmer. Leasing enables the farmer to pursue real improvements in land quality to enhance national output capability.

Having continued access to land secures investment in fertility in terms of soil pH and basic nutrient content. In the traditional conacre system, any investment in soil fertility often acted to increase competition for that land in the following year, which often resulted in either increased cost or loss of the land.