Grape project sweetens Moganyaka village

MOGANYAKA

The village Moganyaka near Marble Hall in the Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality is typical of many of the province’s rural areas where poverty and unemployment reign supreme.

But the same village has produced a gem of a project, the Peace Table Grapes PTY LTD which exports grapes to Europe and has created over 40 jobs.

The operation which is led by women recently won in the Female Farmer of the Year Awards Top Entrepreneur category.

The awards run by the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries recognise women making strides in the agricultural sector. The overall winner went to another Limpopian Jarita Mabula of the Mahlohonolo Investment in Bela Bela. The entity produces 100 000 eggs a day.

Peace Table Grapes was established in 2015 by four directors with 81 percent women ownership operating at 10 hectares. They produce table grapes under drip irrigation with main activities involving pest and disease control, table grapes vines manipulation, fertility management through support from Omnia and Laeveld Agro-Chem and irrigation management supported by Irricheck system. All directors of the entity were trained on safety and responsible use of agro chemicals and storage. The entity has a take-off agreement with Schoonbee Landgoed to market all peace table grapes products using their branding while the entity develops its own brand. The markets include Far East and European markets as well as Pick’n Pay and Tshwane Market. The entity employs 38 women and six males with three living with disabilities on a seasonal basis and four permanent. The project employed three graduates on a two year placement; experiential training for students from Tompi Seleka College and University of Mpumalanga. The project also donates to the community during funerals and at schools. – Mukurukuru Media

Thapelo Motseo

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