Podcast 3 is here, and we have a new farmer to speak too!
Rinae Tshikangavhadzi started TC Woman in action farming in 2009, an urban farm where he grows vegetables such as beans, spinach, kale, cucumber, cauliflower, and broccoli. His farm is 17 hectares in size.
Rinae prefers to plant in summer and harvest during winter. “We also do crop rotation where we rotate the green beans and spinach.”
Rinae currently employs eight employees.
“I was lucky enough to get a piece of land and decided to start farming.” Rinae feels that he contributes to food security. “What I love most about farming is that it allows me to produce good food for others to consume.”
People often assume that Rinae is very wealthy. “People think that I am rich and others feel that I chose the wrong career.”
Rinae is part of the 2019 SAB Urban Agriculture Programme, and hopes to become a commercial farmer.
Now in its second year, the Urban Agriculture Programme invests in high potential farming businesses, by integrating technology solutions that will grow the businesses and create lasting employment.
The 15-month business development programme provides participants with technical and operational training, hydroponic infrastructure investment, industry-based mentorship, as well as market access.
Some info on SAB Kickstart
Powered by SAB’s flagship youth entrepreneurship programme, SAB KickStart, the Urban Agriculture programme, which aims to identify and invest hydroponic technology into high potential farming businesses, has announced nine finalists who will receive training and investment to grow their farming businesses.
With Stats SA in October revealing that unemployment was at its highest level in 11 years, the programme aims to help create jobs through youth owned farms. Black African women are the most vulnerable, facing an unemployment rate of 34.5%, compared to black men with an unemployment rate of 31.3%. “We are happy that five out of the nine finalists are young black women,” said Phumzile Chifunyise, Enterprise Development Manager, SAB and AB InBev Africa.
An Enterprise Development programme, SAB KickStart is aimed at youth entrepreneurs aged 18 and 35. The programme has been running since 1995 to develop, invest, and grow revenue generating youth businesses in order to create jobs. Now in its second year, the Urban Agriculture programme invests in high potential farming businesses, by advancing farming businesses with technology that will grow the businesses and create lasting employment.
“As an organisation that is imbedded in agriculture, our intention is to attract young people to the sector by alleviating the high barriers to entry such as technical and operational resources.”
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