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Journalist-turned-farmer Rapitse Montsho turns typically poor hillside plots into verdant paradise in which mealie fields and vegetables are a source of food
Journalist-turned-farmer Rapitse Montsho turns typically poor hillside plots into verdant paradise in which mealie fields and vegetables are a source of food

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As an emerging black farmer benefiting from the South African government’s agricultural policies aimed at offering sustainable food security, I am often asked how, after growing up in urban areas with promises of greener pastures and a brighter tomorrow, I was attracted to the rural life of farming and what my experiences have been.

I have a simple answer. I am turning typically poor hillside plots into verdant paradise in which mealie fields and vegetables are a source of food for my family, clan and village local markets, and challenging the perception that farming and food production is for khaki-clad bearded Afrikaners.

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