- A young South African farmer, Thabo Ramphala, has shared some helpful advice with other aspiring farm owners
- Ramphala started his successful broiler chicken business with no prior experience or former training
- According to Ramphala, hard work, commitment and calculated risks are the keys to successful farming, even for those without land
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A successful young farmer has opened up about how he started his successful broiler chicken farming business after discovering a peculiar love for fowl. Thabo Ramphala, who started his career in business accountancy, discovered his natural aptitude for farming after visiting his aunt's farm.
According to 33-year-old Ramphala, his parents, who were also business people, had always encouraged him to move into the corporate sector. Soon he was completing his studies and working an office job in England with his mom.
After coming home to South Africa for a family visit to his aunt's farm, a bunch of baby chickens stole his heart in minutes. And it suddenly became clear to him where his passion lay - in chicken farming.
"During my vacation I visited my aunt, who sold chickens. When I saw her baby chickens for the first time, they looked like a moving carpet and I fell in love. It was like love at first sight," he said in a VKB article.
The road to his successful broiler farm was filled with potholes, such as a poultry disease that saw him lose all his chickens. He had been forced to shut the farm down for 40 days and couldn't afford many of the things he needed for the farm, such as heat and coops for his chickens. Ramphala stood up every time he was knocked down.
He now encourages other aspiring young farmers to push for their dreams the same way he did - relentlessly. He also says making excuses such as having no money or needing land are a recipe for failure.
"The key to agriculture is just to start. Don't use money and not having access to land as an excuse. That no longer works."
In other Briefly.co.za success stories, a young man named As_Ncgobo on Twitter recently inspired thousands of youngsters and South African hopefuls. He recently took to his Twitter page to share pictures of his beautiful farm and first-ever harvest.
In his highly motivational post, As_Ncgobo shares pictures of the freshly-grown lettuce, himself surrounded by the harvest and some of his beautiful and well-kept farm. He excitedly captioned the inspiring Twitter post:
"I can’t wait to package this for the first time... #YoungAndFarming #YoungAndHappy"
Twitter users and aspiring farmers and business people were very impressed by the man's hustle, sparing no time to get to the comments section congratulating him, sharing business proposals and asking the young farmer for a little bit of farming and business advice.
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