Convincing her father that she should be a farmer was not easy, but Salomè Scholtz (24) has been wanting to be nothing else since she was 14. Now she is a cattle farmer in Stella, near Vryburg and Mahikeng in the North West province, with the support of her family, especially her father.
Scholtz tells Sinesipo Tom in our latest Farmer’s Inside Track podcast that “unfortunately people think farming is a man’s job. We (as women) are totally underestimated in this sector.” She emphasises that female farmers should forget about the stereotypes and work hard to show everyone that they can be successful farmers.
Also on Mzansi’s favourite agriculture podcast, senior manager for agribusiness at Standard Bank, Bertie Hamman, joins us again this week to talk about compounding your profits, and how time can have an impact.
Journalist, health coach and chef Ulla Pakendorf shares her secret to a perfect home cooked South African meal in our Mzansi Flavour segment. Dietician and TV personality Andrea Slabber’s nutritional tip of the week guides you on how to feed your family with more nutritious options and saving a few bucks.
Our farmers have selected our book or the week, Do. Fail. Learn. Repeat. The Truth Behind Building Businesses by Nic Haralambous, an entrepreneur and founder of retailer NicHarry.com.
Also on Farmer’s Inside Track, agricultural economist Dr Johnny van der Merwe is back with the latest AMT Fresh Produce Outlook on the markets. Van der Merwe reports an increase in the potato price by 2% to R61,96 per 10kg bag with low volumes that are still supporting these prices.
The tomato price got some support last week, increasing by 22% week-on-week to R7,25 per kilogram. Volumes start to increase this week which, coupled with lower demand, can put pressure on prices this week.
The onion price continued to decrease to R4,28 with volume pressure still affecting prices downward. Prices can remain under pressure for September due to high volumes and stabilise in October.
Farmer’s Inside Track is hosted by Food For Mzansi’s Dawn Noemdoe and Duncan Masiwa.