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PODCAST: Agronomist encourages Mzansi farmers to always lay a solid foundation

Lerato Botha (25) is the director of her family’s farming enterprise, Farmerlee Farms in Tarlton, Gauteng

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Lerato Botha is a zealous agriculturalist whose passion fuels her farming endeavours. She believes that when you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. 

The 25-year-old agronomist talks about her life as a “black Botha and the dynamics of running a family business as her father’s secondincommand on this week’s Farmer’s Inside Track podcast episode with Food for Mzansi co-founder Ivor Price and editor Dawn Noemdoe.  

In the podcast Botha, who is the director of their family farming enterpriseFarmerlee Farmsurges South Africans to hold farmers in the same esteem as lawyers or accountants. She also advises her fellow farmers that patience is needed to thrive in the business.  

 “Farming is not an overnight thing. You have to do trial and error even if it takes you a year or two. Make sure once you have a crop it’s going to sustain you for life. Give yourself that timedo not rush it.” 

She urges up and coming farmers to actively seek out mentorship. “Start from the bottom, don’t just come in and want to know what happens right on the top. You have to start from the foundation so you can understand what it is that you do.” 

 Although her father, Jimmy Botha, had his foot in the door farming with herbs, Botha firmly believes that there is always room to learn as much as you can in the industry.  

 “You never know everything in agriculture. My dad learned from the neighbours, they had shown him the ropes of how to farm and I just felt, likelet me go to university and familiarize myself with the theory of how things are done.” 

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Noluthando Ngcakani
Noluthando Ngcakani
With roots in the Northern Cape, this Kimberley Diamond has had a passion for telling human interest stories since she could speak her first words. A foodie by heart, she began her journalistic career as an intern at the SABC where she discovered her love for telling agricultural, community and nature related stories. Not a stranger to a challenge Ngcakani will go above and beyond to tell your truth.
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