Crop farming dream turns to reality
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Growing up in the small town of Idutywa, Sinomtha Saba, 21, used her surroundings as inspiration to pursue a career in the agricultural sector and established Sinomthawelanga Farming, trading under Langa Consortium Pty (Ltd).
Saba started from her backyard six months ago with just a dream to specialise in crop farming.
The young farmer now has a number of crops to sell to market including broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, lettuce, eggplant and spinach. Her entire spinach crop is sold to the local supermarket, a Spar, in Idutywa.
The value chain is diverse whether you’re doing primary agriculture or in the agri-processing industry. The work you put in is very rewarding; you are able to change the lives of those around you
“Being in the agricultural sector is satisfying and fulfilling. The value chain is diverse whether you’re doing primary agriculture or in the agri-processing industry. The work you put in is very rewarding; you are able to change the lives of those around you.”
“Depending on the weather forecast and how much rainfall we get the crops grow faster. Spinach takes about a month and a week to fully sprout and others way longer, going into three months.”
“Supplying Spar was my 2022 goal but God said it could happen now. I couldn’t be more grateful to the man above,” said Saba.
Although Saba has no tertiary qualification in agriculture, she recently went on a weekly training course offered at Rasmeni Farming in Frankfort to enhance the knowledge she has already acquired.
Talking to the Dispatch, she said the major she faces is being a woman in a male-dominated industry, but that is not dimming her passion for agriculture.
“My aspiration is to take my business to greater heights. I am trying to not limit myself only to primary agriculture but I’m looking into agri-processing as well. The six months I’ve been in this business, I have taken them as my trial and error period. I’m fortunate that this trial and error period exceeded my expectations. I am truly grateful for everything, mostly my success,” she said.
Sinomthawelanga Farming has three part-time employees.
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