In the popular 1970’s Nina Simone song “Young, Gifted and Black”, Simone melodises about the gift of a black child having dreams and making them a reality. Her words are reflective of female farmer Andile Matukane who, through a positive mindset, made her dreams come true as she continues to make great strides in her business, Farmers Choice.
In this week’s Farmers Inside Track podcast, Food for Mzansi co-founder Kobus Louwrens and editor Dawn Noemdoe catch up with 25-year-old agriculturalist Matukane. She details her journey navigating life as an up-and-coming female farmer while learning both new technologies and old farming techniques.
In her podcast episode, Matukane says it is both challenging and exciting to keep current with innovation and new technology. “As a young person, one has to keep up with technology and then on the other side one has to also keep up with the old ways of farming.”
Fondly known as the “Spinach Lady”, Matukane says she is embracing life as an up-and-coming force in the agricultural sphere.
Matukane considers her youthful energy to almost be like a superpower “because you get to do everything and it keeps you busy being so energetic in the agricultural space.”
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