Farm grows into export business

C Matsimbi

The ANC is committed to strengthening and supporting small farms and cooperatives to enter the formal value chains and take advantage of economies of scale. This is to create jobs and promote food security. We therefore welcome the success story of Busisiwe Molefe, the first black female farmer from KwaZulu-Natal, who supplies macadamia nuts to the export market.

Her success story is due to the successful training and support from the KwaZulu-Natal department of agriculture & rural development and the Agricultural Development Agency. She was trained through the Perishable Product Export Board Council in financial management, agribusiness and marketing, which enabled her to move into the commercial sector. BBS Farm employs 27 permanent and 10 seasonal workers, many of whom are women and youth, to the export market and local giant retailers.

The ANC believes that her success story and many stories like hers would inspire other women to follow their dreams and make a success of their lives. This will also hopefully encourage more women to start their own businesses, and break through the glass ceiling in previously male-dominated industries.

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