Kamo Bombe on farming and presenting new agricultural show Living Land

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In the new show Living Land, Kamo Bombe will talk all things agricultural in Southern Africa.
In the new show Living Land, Kamo Bombe will talk all things agricultural in Southern Africa.

She knows what she's talking about. She's been in the farming space for a while and has learnt to live with failures and enjoy her successes in the industry. 

She's going to use that knowledge as the new presenter of the agricultural show Living Land, which kicks off on Saturday, 1 May on SABC 2.

Former Shift presenter Kamo Bombe (28) will educate viewers on topics related to farming and agriculture.

“The show is close to my heart. It teaches and celebrates young people in the agricultural space. It looks at how technology is helping young people to farm because we are busy with very many other businesses,” she says. 

In the first episode Kamo speaks to a young woman who farms from her office and uses an app to monitor her workers digitally.

She uses the app to check whether her staff has watered the plants, how much they harvested, and check climate from her office without always being physically there. "This is what’s exciting because we see the advancement of the different ways of farming,” Kamo says.

The series is filmed at various farms around Limpopo, Gauteng, Free State, Northern Cape, Western Cape, North West, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and Mpumalanga.

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Her last presenting gig was with Traditional Wedding in 2020 on Moja Love. Although the show is still showing on TV, Kamo spent a year away from television work.

“I really wanted to focus my energy on farming and just as I was planning, this opportunity came along,” Kamo says. 

“The show discusses topics that affect everyone including land reform and climate change, the red-letter events in agriculture such as the Landmark international events, Youth Day celebrations, and Outstanding Agricultural Award winners." 

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She comes from a home where farming was the only option to survive; her mother, aunt, and grandmother were tomato farmers and handed down their skills. When Kamo moved to Soweto, she had the idea of bringing what she had learned from her mother and grandmother to the big city.

“I realised there were not many young farmers, so I started small by supplying chickens, eggs, and atchaar combos to pensioners while they were queuing up for their grants and I would collect the money at the end of the month,” she says. 

During this time, she attended a poultry training course and learned about the different types of chickens, broilers for breeding and raised for meat production, and layers for eggs.

“I learned about the anatomy and physiology of the chicken, commercial layers, and all the information I needed to get my own farm going,” Kamo adds.

She rented a farm and started with 2400 broiler chickens.

“The mortality of broilers was very high and because I was operating next to a railway station and broilers are very sensitive, many of them died,” Kamo says.

In 2016, an agricultural park was launched by the government for youth in agriculture.

“I applied through the municipality and I was awarded one hector. I did 1500 chicken layers. They laid 80 percent of the eggs. But unfortunately, my farm was vandalised and chickens were stolen,” Kamo says.

“It was next to a squatter camp, so I was an easy target I guess.”

But she did not give up, she continued to learn about ways of farming.

“I learned that you can farm from anywhere, and I can increase my knowledge while I wait to get another farm.”

Now Kamo has been awarded a 21hector lease for a farm in Pretoria.

“But the process is taking longer because of complications and claimants who want the farm. I was awarded a farm by the government. So, I am waiting.”

While she waits, Kamo is hosting farming events to teach up and coming farmers. On 15 May, Kamo will be hosting Farming in Heels at Sierra Hotel in Johannesburg for women in agriculture.

“I am incredibly passionate about agriculture. I ultimately want to build a farming academy teaching about primary farming, growing of crops and chickens, and secondary farming,” Kamo says.

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