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Podcast: It’s all about leaving a legacy for your children

“Let’s be wise, create a legacy and work hard so that our children don’t suffer in the future,” says farmer Bennedicter Mhlongo

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In this episode of the Farmer’s Inside Track agriculture podcast we’re catching up with 35-year-old Bennedicter Mhlongo, a Mpumalanga crop farmer with a big heart. His main goal in life is to create a legacy for his children.

Bennedicter Mhlongo grows a variety of vegetables and supplies to seven local supermarkets in Bushbuckridge. Photo: Supplied

“Creating a legacy for my children is very important, because they see most black people suffering, because our forefathers did not leave us with anything. We had to start fresh,” explains Mhlongo.

“Whatever we do today can have a negative impact on the coming generations. So, let’s be wise, create a legacy and work hard so that our children don’t suffer in the future.”

In our agripreneurship slot MC Loock, senior manager of agribusiness at Standard Bank, gives us a full breakdown of what you can do to leverage your resources effectively for diversification. And guess what? The answer often lies outside the farm gate.

“Be involved in study groups and learn from the experiments being done on other farms,” Loock advises. “Stay abreast with the latest trends in the industry and read a lot. Do your homework.”

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Dewald Olivier, CEO of South African Feedlot Association, joined the Farmer’s Inside Track team to discuss all things heritage, and how the red meat industry in Mzansi plays a role in our heritage.

This week we were also joined by chef and food curator Mynhardt Joubert on Farmer’s Inside Track and he shared his secret to a perfect home-cooked South African meal.

The secret? “Lamb’s heart. It’s something we used to cook at Ba-Ba-Black Sheep,” Joubert shared, referring to a restaurant he used to run.

And, of course, we have our weekly AMT Fresh Produce Outlook on the market with agricultural economist Dr Johnny van der Merwe. He highlights the latest price movements and expectations for the coming week.

Farmer’s Inside Track is proudly brought to you by Food For Mzansi. The show, ranking high-up on South Africa’s weekly podcast charts, is hosted by Dawn Noemdoe and Duncan Masiwa. It promises to bring you up to speed with the latest movements in the fascinating world of farming and agriculture.

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Dona Van Eeden
Dona Van Eeden
Dona van Eeden is a budding writer and journalist, starting her career as an intern at Food for Mzansi. Furnished with a deep love and understanding of environmental systems and sustainable development, she aims to make the world a better place however she can. In her free time you can find her with her nose in a book or wandering on a mountain, looking at the world through her camera's viewfinder.
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