A young self-taught farmer at kwa Maphumulo, north of Durban, was awarded the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Business Awards Social Entrepreneurship category.
After getting a diploma in business administration in 2019, Mhlengi Ngcobo realized he was unemployed. He started a small vegetable field at home to keep him busy. His passion for agriculture has ignited.
23-year-old Mhlengi Ngcobo lost his father in taxi violence. While receiving psychological help, he was encouraged to find something to keep him busy. So he started a small vegetable field in his backyard. And Boyane Agri Farming was born.
Currently, Ngcobo farms on 120 hectares of land and supplies fresh vegetables to KwaZulu-Natal chain stores. He also trains about 200 young people, many of whom were previously unemployed.
“I train young people and women from these communities based on agricultural skills so that they can curb unemployment rate substance abuse crimes, teenage pregnancies, and another problem we face. In high school because of financial problems and substance abuse. “
Statistics According to South Africa, the country’s unemployment rate reached 32.6% in the first three months of 2021. To break this cycle, Ngcobo urged young people to be more innovative in overcoming unemployment.
“Unfortunately, individuals don’t have to change the unemployment rate that is skyrocketing in South Africa. We understand that we are facing a pandemic, which has been going on for nearly two years. Young, innovative and successful. As capable young people, we need to think out of the box and understand that our world is changing and gradually changing from degrees and qualifications. Well, that’s what you do at the table. It’s a question of whether you can put it down. That’s why even if you have a certain qualification, roll up your sleeves and put the qualification aside, emphasizing fighting. “
Ngcobo is paying back by reaching out to other young men and women. Many have irrelevant qualifications, but with little prospect, they are looking to agriculture to earn a living. They say they still need the help of fencing and irrigation systems to maintain their crops.
“It was set up to help those at home. People who are suffering from unemployment to come and farm so they can sell their products bring something to the table. increase.”
“I thought I should participate in agriculture, and then I would have access to agricultural processing and in the future I would have my own product company.”
“We help to gain knowledge about planting and, because we need it, to get resources such as land, water and irrigation.”
Mhlengi Ngcobo may be passionate about farming, but energetic young farmers say they are determined to share their skills with other young people. That way, they too can get back a bad break.
Self-taught farmers win the Social Entrepreneurship category at the KZN Youth Business Awards-SABC News
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