Young fe­male farmer leads in YAFF awards

Vuk'uzenzele - - Rural Development - Keamo­getse Kgo­manyane

Be­ing born with a dis­abil­ity did not stop Lan­diswa Din­iso from achiev­ing her dream of be­ing a farmer. In fact, it en­cour­aged her to work harder.

The 28-year-old is the owner of Lan­diswa Din­iso Live­stock En­ter­prise in Burg­ers­dorp in the north­ern part of the East­ern Cape.

She walked away with the Spe­cial Min­is­te­rial Award for a young en­tre­pre­neur liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity at the re­cently held 2018 Youth in Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries (YAFF) awards.

Din­iso was born with a dis­abil­ity in her left leg and has to wear a brace for sup­port. How­ever, she has not al­lowed her dis­abil­ity to limit her.

As a young woman who grew up on a farm and later moved to a town­ship in the East­ern Cape, Din­iso said her jour­ney into farm­ing started over three years ago when her un­cle gave her a calf.

She kept her calf in a graz­ing area and in 2015 the same an­i­mal which was now a cow had a calf. This in­spired the farmer to con­tinue in the farm­ing busi­ness and she ap­proached the De­part­ment of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Agrar­ian Re­form for sup­port. She re­ceived an­i­mal feed and goats to start her busi­ness.

To­day, the en­ter­prise has grown to in­clude a herd of 10 cat­tle, seven goats, eight pigs and a small patch where Din­iso plants veg­eta­bles for the house­hold and sells the sur­plus to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. This has be­come a means of liveli­hood for Din­iso and her fam­ily.

She wishes to be­come a suc­cess­ful live­stock farmer in the fu­ture and be­come an inspiration to the younger gen­er­a­tion.

With the prize money of R50 000 she said it would help her start her goals. “The prize money will re­ally as­sist my busi­ness. I be­lieve farm­ing is im­por­tant be­cause it cre­ates job op­por­tu­ni­ties for un­em­ployed youth,” said Din­iso.

Speak­ing at the awards cer­e­mony, the Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries, Sen­zeni Zok­wana, said the nom­i­nees and re­cip­i­ents of the YAFF awards were proof that the youth is in­ter­ested in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

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