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Podcast: Young, bright and making waves in agriculture

“I hope that my story motivates more young people to pursue agriculture and be farmers so that we can fight hunger and poverty together,” says Masimbonge Vuma, a farmer from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape

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In this week’s Farmer’s Inside Track episode (our second last one for 2020!) we’re connecting with a young agripreneur from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, Masimbonge Vuma.

Young, bright and making waves in agriculture, this 23-year old runs a mixed farming enterprise called Indyebo Agric Co-operative where he grows spinach and breeds poultry and pigs.

“I hope that my story motivates more young people to pursue agriculture and be farmers so that we can fight hunger and poverty together,” Vuma says.

“I started this journey in 2018 without any prior or formal education in farming. We’ve made a lot of mistakes and our little bit of success we’ve had is the result of many trials and tribulations and learning from our mistakes.”

ALSO READ: For this young, Eastern Cape farmer mistakes are valuable

Plus, tips for future-focused farmers

Well-known agricultural economist and strategist Dr Kobus Laubscher is featured on The Health SQUARED Agri Update on Food For Mzansi. Photo: Supplied
Well-known agricultural economist and strategist Dr Kobus Laubscher is featured on The Health SQUARED Agri Update on Food For Mzansi. Photo: Supplied

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Future-focused farmers are more aware than ever of how important wellness is and what plans they should have in place if they want to grow their businesses sustainably.

In our HEALTH SQAURED agri update we chat to agricultural economist Dr Kobus Laubscher and Agility Agri sales executive Marcia le Roux about how to ensure that the health and wellbeing of your employees are taken care of.

From farm to fork, right here on Farmer’s Inside Track, 27-year-old sportman turned private chef Cwenga Mbinda shares his secret ingredient to a perfect home-cooked Mzansi meal! Spoiler alert: it’s inyama – meat!

“You cannot deny the truly South African treasure that is meat,” says Chef Mbinda. “For an African person, meat plays an integral part in bringing our families together.”

You’ll also be empowered with a top tip from nutritionist, Andrea Du Plessis if you tune in to listen to the podcast.

And our book of the week…

On the top of our reading list this week is Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau. Staying true to the title, the author shows us how to launch a profitable side hustle in just 27 days!

Designed for the busy and impatient, this detailed roadmap will show you how to select, launch, refine, and make money from your side hustle in under a month.

And we end off our FIT podcast with our weekly AMT Fresh Produce Outlook on the market with agri economist, Dr. Johnny van der Merwe. This segment is a must for any agripreneur, because 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.

How to listen to Farmer’s Inside Track

Option 1: Click here to listen on Spotify (all mobile and other devices).

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Option 3: Click here to listen on Google Podcasts.

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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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