- Nkosinathi Makamela is a young man who recently took his first steps into the small-scale farming world
- 20-year-old Nkosinathi is following in his parents' footsteps and wishes to inspire others with his work
- Nkosinathi is wise beyond his years as he shared amazing advice for those wanting to start farming
Farming is a wonderful skill that's needed all over the world. One local man is proving that farming is a necessity. Nkosinathi Makamela is a 20-year-old farmer from Dutywa (formerly Idutywa) in the Eastern Cape.
According to Nkosinathi, his mother was a small-scale farmer up until her untimely passing last year and his father is currently a farmer as well. Nkosinathi decided to start farming this year as he enjoys providing food for people.
In this exclusive interview, Nkosinathi speaks to Briefly.co.za about why he farms, how he farms and the difficulties he has experienced.
"I love helping people, like when they don't have enough money to buy food I just give them spinach, carrots and beetroot. I love farming because it's an easy way of investing my money," he said.
Nkosinathi said the greatest difficulty he faces is the shortage of water.
"I want to plant green peppers, onions and tomatoes but the only problem is the shortage of water. When I have enough money I will make a borehole for irrigation. I also want to make my own pig feed."
Nkosinathi currently sells spinach, carrots, beetroot and cabbage. He says he can make around R700 when he sells his spinach in the town nearby. He added that this is his greatest achievement.
Nkosinathi also shared some advice for those wanting to follow in his footsteps:
"What I can say to young people is to just start your dream. Age is just a number, what matters is your work. To build a successful business you must start small and dream big. It doesn't matter how slowly you go, as long as you don't stop. Start your dream with the small amount of money you have."
In other news about farmers, Briefly.co.za recently reported on a gorgeous female farmer who wowed the internet with her normal vs work look. Tapuwanashe Allin shared an image of herself at work as a farmer and another of herself dressed up with high-heeled shoes.
Her post was reshared to the #ImStaying group on Facebook by Nombuso Nkosi with the caption: "So inspired." Nombuso's reshare received over 7 500 likes, almost 200 shares and over 150 comments from Stayers.
Many took to the replies section to share that they were also inspired by Tapuwanashe. Her original post was captioned:
"Don’t worry about looking good, worry about achieving your goals."
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Source: Briefly News