The national victory of female farmer of the year by Limpopo province will change the perception of women in farming in the province. Limpopo emerged as the overall winner during the national competitions hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Cape Town recently.
Mmathoko Jarita Mabula of Mahlohomolo investments (PTY) LTD emerged as the victor in a highly contested competition. Mabula through her highly successful egg production facility based in Bela Bela displayed her prowess which convinced the judges who gave the victory. This farm started in 2014 with four houses each with four layers (chicken which lay eggs). Currently the farm has 8 houses each with 15 thousand highline layers which produce 110 thousand eggs a day. These eggs are sold through the agent to some of the major retail stores across the country. The facility employs 17 permanent workers and ten seasonal workers.
Accepting the Award which was handed by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Thoko Didiza, Mabula expresses humility, gratitude and pleasure in being recognised for her work. She further expressed that the award will only motivate her to work harder and achieve greater heights. Apart from being the overall winner she also scooped the best Entrepreneur commercial category.
Limpopo also won the small holder category which went to Happiness Lungisile Makgamatho from Kgalishibe (PTY) LTD who also does egg production based in Mapela outside Mokopane.
Reacting to the victory by Limpopo women during the national competitions, MEC responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development, Ms Nandi Ndalane said the victory should dispel the myth that farming is a terrain best reserved for men. She said that through the victory of these two women, many women in the province particularly the unemployed should take interest in farming to create jobs and secure food. “I am calling on the women of Limpopo to consider careers in Agriculture as opportunities are in abundance. Our Department is ready to help women who are interested in Agriculture to ensure that their ideas come to fruition and that their projects become sustainable.
MEC Ndalane will soon visit the two farms which emerged at the national competitions and many other projects which are taking Agriculture forward in Limpopo.