Emerging farmer has big plans

6 December, 2017

As part of his concerted effort to break the cycle of poverty in his family, Samuel Mmolotsi, a firefighter at De Wildt Base, has become a livestock farmer.

Two years ago, he bought one cow with his stipend.

Mmolotsi says, “I now have six cows and intend buying more.

Farming is not easy but once it takes off dividends can be very good. I saw opportunity in farming.

I’m ready to face the challenges and storms ahead.”

Mmolotsi, who wants to become one of the leading red meat producers in this country, says he intends running a feedlot in the future.

He is a member of the National Emerging Red Meat Producers Organisation (NERPO), an organisation that he says helps emerging farmers with funding and technical advice.

Mmolotsi made contact with various successful commercial farmers in De Wildt through the Working on Fire programme who inspired him.

“These farmers helped me secure a plot I can lease and kick-start the feedlot project.

It was not easy at all but I have determination to succeed.

As young people, we need to commit to doing things for ourselves,” says Mmolotsi. “More youngsters look down on farming but the agricultural sector continues to create more seasonal jobs.”

Archives

Categories

Related Articles

Introduction: Dr Piet-Louis Grunlingh

Introduction: Dr Piet-Louis Grunlingh

Dr Piet-Louis has a PhD in Natural science (Geography: Wetland Hydrology) with 29 years' experience in wetland research, rehabilitation, protection, training and wise use. He has managed the implementation of projects within the Working for Wetlands Programme, as part...

Dealing with Diabetes

Dealing with Diabetes

“An estimated 2 million South Africans do not know that they have diabetes.” - according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). What is diabetes?When you eat, your body turns food into sugars or glucose. At that point, your pancreas is supposed to release...

Early detection was key to my survival of cancer

Early detection was key to my survival of cancer

Linda Pretorius is one of the longest serving employees of Working on Fire. Linda joined the Working on Fire  programme in April 2004, where she was appointed as a Payroll Clerk and Payroll Administrator at the head office in Nelspruit. “I have a passion for...

0 Comments

0 Comments