- Nkosinathi Makamela is a young man who recently took his first steps into the small-scale farming world
- 20-year-old Nkosinathi is following in his parents' footsteps and wishes to inspire others with his work
- Nkosinathi is wise beyond his years as he shared amazing advice for those wanting to start farming
Farming is a wonderful skill that is needed all over the world. One local man is proving that farming is a necessity. Nkosinathi Makamela is a 20-year-old farmer from Dutywa (formerly Idutywa) in the Eastern Cape.
According to Nkosinathi, his mother was a small-scale farmer up until her untimely passing last year and his father is currently a farmer as well. He decided to start farming this year as he enjoys providing food for people.
In this exclusive interview, Nkosinathi speaks to Briefly.co.za about why he farms, how he farms and the difficulties he has experienced.
"I love helping people, like when they don't have enough money to buy food I just give them spinach, carrots and beetroot. I love farming because it's an easy way of investing my money."
Nkosinathi said the greatest difficulty he faces is the shortage of water.
"I want to plant green peppers, onions and tomatoes but the only problem is the shortage of water. When I have enough money I will make a borehole for irrigation. I also want to make my own pig feed."
Nkosinathi currently sells spinach, carrots, beetroot and cabbage. He says he can make around R700 (N17,384.45) when he sells his spinach in the town nearby. He added that this is his greatest achievement.
The farmer also shared a piece of advice for those wanting to follow in his footsteps:
"What I can say to young people is to just start your dream. Age is just a number, what matters is your work. To build a successful business you must start small and dream big. It doesn't matter how slowly you go, as long as you don't stop. Start your dream with the small amount of money you have."
In other news, a Nigerian lady identified as Nyifamu Ogechi Manzo has inspired people on social media with her success story a year after investing in poultry farming.
Sharing her story on Twitter, Nyifamu said she started poultry farming in a spare room her dad allowed her and her brother to use.
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