Young Black Farmer Making His Mark
The ANC led government's commitment to increase the number of black farmers through interventions remains as strong as ever. The 32 -year old farmer, Godfrey Mathebula from Limpopo is making his mark in the agricultural sector, thanks to the support he has received from the government. In the past, the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development had provided him with seeds, baked beans and manure, as well as equipment for applying pesticides.. Currently he has employed 14 staff members but in peak season he employs 24 people.
Mathebula decided to start the farm after noticing the high unemployment rate in his home village, especially those who live with disabilities, having lost an arm in a train accident himself. He produces various vegetables including dry beans, tomatoes and green peppers. He sells the produce to Pick n Pay, Shoprite and to businesses in Pretoria and Johannesburg. In addition to the vegetables, he also raises goats and pigs which he sells to the local community. He has now won several awards from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for his hard work and love for agriculture. His most recent award was in the Youth Living with Disability category of the national leg of the Youth in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Awards.
He makes us all proud and we hope he continues to thrive.