Mzansi Agri Talk recognized Women’s Month by celebrating the women who are working the land to ensure self-employment amongst the youth and poverty alleviation.
We spoke to Phumla Luthuli, a 23-year-old aspiring farmer from rural Ncwadi in KwaZulu-Natal. She is part of the National Skills Fund on rural development, co-operatives and small medium, micro enterprise support project in KwaZulu Natal province.
The NSF training has helped Phumla to learn more about the correct way of planting, application of fertilizers, different soil types and their nutritional composition, as well as good management practice on how to grow vegetables.
“I’m now also able to tell what kind of nutrients my plants need,” she said.
She is looking forward to learning more in future about plant production.
Phumla wants to become a successful farmer and businesswoman.
To be able to achieve this, she is aware that she’ll need better access to sustainable markets in order to drive the growth of her business