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Farming is the future, says award-winning farmer

Emmanuel Mudau willingly shares information on best farming practices with up-and-coming farmers

LIMPOPO – “We can combat poverty and hunger through farming. Millions of South Africans still go to bed on empty stomachs.”

These are the words of a farmer, Emmanuel Mudau, who hails from Tshiozwi outside Louis Trichardt.

He is of the view that most people have forgotten their roots.

“In the olden days when we where growing up in the villages, most households owned chickens, goats and cattle and those were one of the means by which they put food on the table and sent their children to school,” he said.

Most people who are university graduates today, did so through the livestock-farming of their parents back in the day, he said: “Those old farming practices are still relevant today”.

He said his story is the typical story of a person who grew up in the rural areas.

“I was born into a poor family. Our living conditions were difficult and sometimes I had to go to bed on an empty stomach. I tried by all means, including to help the neighbours with chores, just to get a loaf of bread.”

Prior to following his passion, Emmanuel once worked as a sales consultant at a furniture store, adding that he believed in the success and longevity of farming.

“I bought 3 goats from an old man in my village, which sparked my interest in farming. Today, I have 250 sheep and 120 goats, and I am able to put food on the table for my family,” he said.

In 2013, Emmanuel was awarded the Aspirant Farmer award from the Department of Agriculture.

“I also scooped the award in 2017 and 2018, as well as an award at the informal market in Vhembe,” he said.

Emmanuel now owns more than 20 hectares of land and offers experiential learning to young graduates in agriculture.

He is the Chairperson of the Limpopo Indigenous Veld Goat Club.

His experience stands him in good stead.

“I share my knowledge on several platforms, including on radio. I have a time-slot on Phalaphala FM’s Zwavhulimi, where I share information on best farming practices with up-and-coming farmers every Monday at 05:00.

“All these I achieved through faith and prayer,” he said.

Those interested in farming or being mentored by Emmanuel, can contact him at 079 277 5823.

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