“It’s not just about farming big it’s about learning how to farm smart,” says Christin-Joy Pharasi. As a black female farmer in the Free State she always had to swim against the current. This week on episode 41 of Farmer’s Inside Track agriculture podcast she tells us more about breaking down stereotypes to find success in the sector.
In our agripreneurship slot, Bertie Hamman, Standard Bank’s senior manager of agribusiness, talks about what the variable expense trap is and how you can avoid it. He helps us to understand variable expenses while answering the question: “How variable are these expenses really?”
In our new Mzansi Flavour segment we meet Pumla Brooke Thomae, home cook and author of the book Family-Food. She shares her secret to creating the perfect home cooked South African meal. Over the next few weeks we will meet many more local chefs. We will also get great nutrition tips from nutritionist Andrea Du Plessis.
90 Rules for Entrepreneurs: How to Hustle Your Way to a Business That Works by Marnus Broodryk tops our reading list this week. He is one of Mzansi’s most famous entrepreneurs. Based on the authors’ business experiences with insights from friends and fellow entrepreneurs, the book is a guide on how to avoid the pitfalls and seize the opportunities to becoming an entrepreneur or a millionaire.
Jacqui Taylor, founder and managing director of Agritourism South Africa, is our final female contributor in Women’s Month. She explains how lockdown level 2 changed the game for the agritourism sector in Mzansi.
Dr Johnny van der Merwe, an agricultural economist at North-West University, is back with this week’s AMT Fresh Produce Outlook on the fruit and vegetable markets.
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