The Female Entrepreneurs and Young Farmer Awards are currently underway at the Emerald Casino next to Vaal River. The awards are hosted by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development with the aim to empower women in farming.
702 presenter Phemelo Motene says it has been an inspiring day to meet young women under the age of 30 who are committed commercial farmers.
This is an initiative to empower these women to get into markets. I was encouraged by the calibre of the young people we are meeting here and how this initiative has helped them develop.— Phemelo Motene, Radio personality
Motene says although more and more women get involved in farming the stats are not looking good.
The stats are that 80% of agriculture in the continent is produced by women and only 1% of the land belongs to them.— Phemelo Motene, Radio personality
Land is still a big thing. Most of them rent land from schools, others from churches and all kinds of places.— Phemelo Motene, Radio personality
To hear the rest of the conversation with Phemelo Motene, listen below: