Mzansi’s favourite agriculture podcast brings you yet another inspirational episode. Episode 37 of Farmer’s Inside Track is now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.
In this episode, we journey to the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, where queen bee Mbali Ngcobo flies like a butterfly and stings like a bee. Ngcobo is the co-owner of the Drakensberg Bee Academy.
She is a worker bee of note, having had stints in the hospitality industry and even in a bank just to make ends meet before finally finding her way to agriculture.
“That’s all in the past now. I’m a female farmer today, and I am not going back,” declares Ngcobo.
We also chat with Linah Maphanga from Farmer’s Assistant, another strong female in the agri sector. The technology-based company offers smallholder farmers and agripreneurs alike smooth and efficient access to the entire agri value chain.
“You become part of a global community of smallholder farmers or a nation-wide organisation,” says Mphanga on the benefits of joining Farmer’s Assistant.
We check in with the inspiring Mosesi Mosesi, a previous guest on the podcast. From being down and out and drowning in hopelessness, he is now an aquaponics pioneer who runs and manages his farm in the heart of Tembisa, Gauteng. He has rubbed shoulders with the likes of the duke and duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and with President Cyril Ramaphosa. He talks about his experience being featured on Food For Mzansi.
For our book of the week we review What’s Your Move by Nicolette Mashile, a must-read for our book-lovers. Agrucultural economist Dr Johnny van der Merwe, again breaks down the latest price movements in the fresh produce markets.
This genuinely inspiring episode of Farmer’s Inside Track is hosted by Food For Mzansi editor Dawn Noemdoe and journalist Duncan Masiwa.