Farmers reap the benefits of digital literacy

Farmers reap the benefits of digital literacy

2019-09-11 10:45:00 PM

Farmers reap the benefits of digital literacy

Training gives rural women chance to transform their lives by using an app that helps them with their farming

“Our female farmer initiative shines the spotlight on emerging small-scale female farmers within the agriculture sector,”  Netshitenzhe said. “We’re confident that it will help drive development in rural areas, thereby strengthening food security, and assisting SA female farmers in claiming a stake in the agricultural sector.” 

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Julia Madihlaba, who is a member of a farming co-operative from Tafelkop, near Groblersdal in Limpopo province, said the programme has helped her enormously. The six members of her co-operative are beneficiaries of a 171ha farm through the government’s land redistribution and agricultural development programme. They are producing poultry and eggs, cattle, pigs and maize.

“I would really recommend the programme because it was an eye-opener for me and other farmers,” Madihlaba said.Deborah Motuku, president of South African Women in Farming, said the programme was a game changer for women farmers. “The digital and financial training is preparing us for bigger things and we are now confident in using digital platforms to transact, communicate and market our produce,” she said.

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