- A woman risked everything when she quit her job to enrol in an academy for young aspiring farmers
- The academy focuses on training the youth to be successful in the agriculture sector
- And to help the South African agriculture industry against bigger countries, from which we import food
Shahida Tumelo Nchinyane is one of over 4000 students who trained at the Buhle Farmers Academy, an institution hoping to empower the next generation of farmers in the country.
The academy has provided over 8000 jobs since its opening 16-years-ago, and mainly focuses on helping women and young people succeed in the agriculture industry.
The COO of the academy, Nyiko Maluleke explained there were several agriculture colleges in the country, but not one was specifically for women.
Nchinyane gave up her corporate job to go and train and Buhle Academy. She said the reason why she took the big step was because of the food shortage in Africa and the rest of the world.
"It 's about feeding people", she said, adding "we need to ensure generations to come understand it is not just about doing what's good for now, it's about doing what is good for the future."
But, training to be a farmer is far from easy. Nchinyane said people do not understand the hard work that goes into farming.
"You wake up at 5 o'clock, you sleep very late, trying to get things done", she told a CNN reporter.
Nchinyane and the other ladies are exposed to every aspect of farming, and she even has her favourite piece of technology in farming- the planter.
We're looking to seeing the trainees of Buhle Farmers Academy, including Nchinyane, make it big in the agriculture industry.
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