- Nonjabulo Mbokane is a proud award-winning farmer at the age of just 25
- Nonjabulo supplies the biggest beer-producing company in South Africa with local ingredients for their products
- Mbokane is passionate about helping emerging farmers and anybody interested in agriculture
By Zakithi Dlamini - Freelance Journalist
At the age of 25, most women would go for glamorous jobs that would allow them to wear high heels, funky clothes and be in air-conditioned office. However, Nonjabulo Mbokane, a 25-year-old farmer, is slaying in a man's world.
Nonjabulo said her interest in agriculture was piqued by a friend who told her that he wanted to study agriculture. It was then that she asked questions about it. She took it upon herself to know more about the field. It’s obvious that she got satisfying results as she’s now in love with farming.
She decided that farming was her passion and her road to success. Now Nonjabulo proudly runs a 200-hectare farm in Mpumalanga where she employs full-time and seasonal staff members. She produces yellow maize and has expanded to livestock.
Before becoming a successful farmer, Nonjabulo sold fish and chips in her neighbourhood to earn an income. She then offered to rebuild a vegetable garden at a local school in Ermelo to gain and build up her agricultural knowledge. Today she is an award-winning farmer and has created job opportunities.
This vibrant farmer spent a whole year planting leafy greens for free. She also attended agricultural training. On completing the training, Nonjabulo approached an elder who owned 70 hectares of unused land. Nonjabulo then partnered with a commercial farmer. The proud lady was then able to plant an additional 15 hectares of soya beans.
After spending time on food farming, Nonjabulo decided to venture into more vegetable and livestock production farming and wants to build an incubation agricultural centre.
“I want to help people who are interested in agriculture and emerging farmers. They will be able to stay on the farm and get hands-on practical training,” she told Briefly.co.za
Her efforts proved to everybody that there's nothing a woman cannot do if they set their hearts to it. She says her success comes from hard work. According to her, no job is too big for a woman. She does it all. You find her operating a tractor, taking care of livestock or getting herself dirty from working in the fields.
“I am a very hands-on person. It’s a privilege to get an opportunity to get my hands dirty. It helps me really understand how crop farming works, “ she said.
She was recently named SAB FarmSol Young Emerging Farmer of the Year. She was recognised for her contribution in supplying SABC with local ingredients.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za recently also reported that Mutsa Muzerengi is one young woman who refused to let fate pull her down.
She is 25 years old and has already bagged many more achievements than her pals. Mutsa ventured into farming as a way of escaping the poverty that is rocking Zimbabwe.
Officials say the once-proud African country has a ballooning unemployment rate of 95% among its youth. Mutsa is a proud holder of an Honours degree in Psychology, obtained in 2018 from Women University, and is currently doing a Master's degree in Child Sensitive Social Policies.
She converted a section of her family's plot in Guruve - some 153 kilometres from the capital city, Harare - into her own. It is, however, her stronghold on farming that makes Mutsa a shooting star.
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