BY REGINALD KANYANE
A YOUNG farmer from Mahikeng, Nthabiseng Kgobokoe has once again upheld the pride of Bokone Bophirima during the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Female Entrepreneur Awards (FEA) held at The Ranch Protea in Polokwane, Limpopo.
Kgobokoe of the Batswana Farms and Training endeared herself to the judges as she was declared the winner in the Best Subsistence Producer.
She described herself as free spirited, inquisitive and adventurous young woman who is wholly committed to her trade.
“I developed interest in farming in 2010 after seeing various agricultural shows I visited. However the Batswana Farms and Training was registered in 2013.
“My career in farming has blossomed since then. My farm is duly youth owned and we focus on mixed farming like livestock and horticulture. We also offer informal training. We keep dopper sheep, boer goats and simbra cattle as well as fresh produce. The farm supplies the local retail stores as well as the informal sector of hawkers,” Kgobokoe said.
She scooped R150 000 in cash. The ultimate overall winner of the competition was Venecia Janse from the Eastern Cape.
The awards were aimed at rewarding the efforts and contribution of women, youth and people with disabilities in matters of food security, job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation.
MEC for rural, environment and agricultural development department, Manketse Tlhape said that the awards were part and parcel of an effort in acknowledging and rewarding women entrepreneurs during the Women’s Month and beyond.
She expressed that the DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards are a befitting gesture to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the women’s march and said it was an honour to add its voice towards the difference made by women of 1956.
“Kgobokoe’s win indicate that government’s intention to uplift impoverished women. We encourage other women to take heed from Kgobokoe’s win that was from the humble beginnings. We also urge you to hop into the agricultural train as a business venture and be part of ensuring food security,” Tlhape said.