- Nkosinathi Tshabalala held a comfortable job as a banker until recently
- He resigned to become a farmer and rears Boran cattle
- However, he and other emerging farmers have appealed for more government support
A 36-year-old man left a well-paying job in the banking sector to pursue his passion for cattle farming.
Nkosinathi Tshabalala rears Boran cattle on his 2 hectare piece of land in Randfontein, Gauteng, City Press reports.
However, he quickly discovered that he needs much more land to achieve commercial viability. He does not have the financial resources to expand his farm.
Nkosinathi is therefore pinning his hopes on the proposed land expropriation without compensation policy. He said:
The president, who is a farmer himself, should see to it that young black people are funded, equipped and skilled to be successful farmers.
Nkosinathi is among many emerging farmers who are looking to the government for greater support.
Anunzietta Montembo-Nyangala farms spinach, sweet potato, onions and kale on her 4.5 hectare farm in the Vaal.
However, she lacks resources for expanded irrigation and this limits her overall output. Despite numerous applications for funding, she hasn't received help from the government.
35-year-old Kagisio Mooki, an aspiring farmer in Mahikeng, similarly lamented the lack of government funding.
His family's piece of land isn't fenced and does not have water or electricity supply. He added:
We grew up here, planting and harvesting with the help of the Bophuthatswana government, but since 1994 we have not received even seed or implements.
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