- Rabelani Mamangwa is a proud farmer in Limpopo
- She has succeeded despite limited financial support and has created jobs for 10 people
- She wants more women to venture into farming and has called for greater support for farmers
A young woman from Mianzwi village in Limpopo is proud to be a farmer and hopes more women would join the agricultural sector.
32-year-old Rabelani Mamangwa started farming 15 years ago, City Press reports. She grows cabbages, tobacco and other crops on her 1.5ha farm.
Her success means she now supplies to retailers, school feeding schemes, and ordinary members of her community. She has also created jobs for 10 people.
Speaking to City Press, Rabelani said farming is everything to her:
It was my dream to become a nurse until I found my passion in farming. I don’t think I will leave this career; I live, dream and eat farming.
I really wish many young black women could see farming as a business and seize the opportunities available in this sector.
Amazingly, Rabelani has succeeded despite the limited financial support rural farmers get from the government.
She cited other challenges such as limited access to water and technology as well as poor road infrastructure. In addition, farming is a male-dominated field.
Nevertheless, Rabelani took it all in her stride and now earns a comfortable living. She is keen to empower more young women in the sector, especially in the rural areas.
Her future plans include acquiring more land, expanding her business, and creating more jobs. She appealed to the government to offer more support to farmers.
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