- Khulile Mahlalela used to work as a farmworker until 2015
- The 31-year-old decided to start her own business in pig farming
- She has not looked back since and has now been crowned Mpumalanga's Female Farmer of the Year
More and more women are making a name for themselves in agriculture and it is making us proud. Khulile Mahlalela is one of the ladies to watch in the farming industry.
The 31-year-old recently won R300 000 after being named Mpumalanga's 2019 Female Farmer of the Year.
However, Mahlalela did not always want to be in agriculture. She explained to The Sowetan that she dreamed of becoming a geologist when she was still in high school.
She explained she struggled with science and her parents asked her to reconsider her career path.
"Actually, I had no choice but to choose farming because I grew up in an agricultural background and when they said I must choose, agriculture was one path I chose," she said.
Mahlalela went on to study towards a diploma in animal production at the Mangosuthu University of Technology in KZN.
She then worked as a farm worker until she quit in 2015 to start her own company in pig farming.
Mahlalela started her farm with only three pregnant pigs, however, today it has grown to 100 pigs.
"It takes over 100 days for a piglet to grow into a pig; then I sell them to supermarkets, individuals and people who want to start their own businesses," she said.
Mahlalela's advice to other young women is to get their hands dirty. She said that protecting manicured hands won't help you succeed in agriculture.
"Let's stand up as women and get into agriculture and feed the nation," Mahlalela said.
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