- Tumisang Ben Matshogo decided to follow his dream of becoming a farmer and he has not looked back since
- The 30-year-old started with only four cows in 2017 and now runs a successful agriculture enterprise
- Today, he is a PhD Animal Science student and the owner of two black owned farming businesses
Meet Tumisang Ben Matshogo, a young black farmer and entrepreneur who started farming with only four cows.
The 30-year-old, who hails from Driefontein in the North West province, told Briefly.co.za that he is passionate about education, poverty alleviation through promoting food security, employment and empowering young people in his community.
He began farming in 2017 with only a handful of cattle. However, he now owns 34 cattle and even ventured into poultry farming.
Matshogo's dream also allowed him to create job opportunities. From the cattle farming business Tumisang has employed two people from his community to manage the farm.
He later started a co-operative business in 2019 with Menwe Rena, Kgomotso Makompone and Lekaba Lekaba Keorapetse (Country Deserver Poult) which has permanently employed three young people.
Matshogo revealed he founded both businesses with the money he saved up from bursaries while studying towards a Master's degree.
Country Deserver Poult is situated in Driefontein village, Zeerust. The poultry business supplies live chickens, four weeks old chickens to other small-holder farmers that resell chickens to other surrounding villages namely Borakalo, Moshana and Rietpan.
"The broiler house has a carrying capacity of 1 200 chickens," he revealed.
Today, Matshogo is a PhD Animal Science student who owns two farming businesses. The entrepreneur revealed he had to overcome many struggles to get to where he is today.
Both his parents are unemployed and he has been the sole breadwinner in his family since his second year in university.
He got an opportunity to study in 2012 when he landed a bursary. Matshogo revealed he used the funds to sustain both himself and his family.
As for the future, Matshogo revealed:
"My dream is to become a commercial farmer in next decade."
Briefly.co.za previously reported on another young farmer. Those who work hard always succeed. Take Tumi Mokwene for an example.
In 2006, he founded the Phetogo Poultry farm. Within 11 years, Mokwene managed to pay off the farm and grow his business. He now has two farms and a total of 353 000 chickens. His story was shared on Twitter by @hobo_group .
The post was captioned:
"Meet Tumi Mokwene founder of Phetogo Poultry farm started in 2006 , finally paid off the farm by 2017. Now produces 98 000 broiler chickens per six-week cycle for Kroon’s abattoir and 255 000 broilers per cycle for Astral Foods on two farms 353 000 chickens in total."
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