Local aspiring farmer to study agriculture overseas

2015-08-28 09:05
Thembelihle Ngcobo.

Thembelihle Ngcobo. (Supplied)

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PIETERMARITZBURG resident Thembelihle Ngcobo (28) has been given the chance to fly abroad and further her studies in agriculture. This young woman and 13 others will have the chance to study at one of Denmark’s largest and oldest colleges, the Dalum Agricultural College.

The Agribusiness Development Agency (ADA) has formed a partnership with Dalum, which is close to the old port town of Faaborg on the Baltic Sea. The international college specifically takes in students from both Africa and Asia.

Ngcobo, who grew up in KwaMzongwane, could not hide her excitement about the trip.

“This has to be the greatest opportunity of my life, and I still cannot believe it. I am a bit nervous as this will be my first time going abroad but I must say I am very grateful for this chance I got. My mother seems to be having trouble getting around the idea, because to her I will always be her little girl,” said Ngcobo.

The aim of this programme is to help the development of young farmers participating in the livestock sector.

ADA spokesperson Nompumelelo Mpanza said: “This partnership will strengthen the management of livestock with emphasis on the agribusiness side of farming, which should improve the understanding of animal welfare environmental protection and sustainability, which is currently lacking among the emerging black farmers.”

Mpanza said the agricultural sector is facing challenges among emerging black farmers due to the lack of expertise, which she believes has led to the failure of “many projects”.

Mazwi Madlala (20), from Amanzimtoti in Bhekulwandle, heard about the programme on radio. “My passion for agriculture made me apply for this programme. When I applied I saw this as a way forward. My dad is into farming and with the knowledge I bring back I will be able to help him grow his business and work with him.”

The students will leave on September 6, 2015, and their return date has not been confirm as yet but it could be June 16, next year

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