Female farmers valued contributors to North West’s economy

The North West provincial government valued the significant role women farmers played in the economy of the province, according to Supra Mahumapelo, North West premier.

He said at the department of agriculture’s Female Entrepreneur Awards ceremony in Hartebeespoort the character and vigour displayed by women in the agriculture sector would go a long way in ensuring that the 6% economic growth target set by the province is reached by 2019.

Phindi Abdulla of Khuphuka Salgap Projects in Bojanala Platinum District was named overall winner of the competition. Abdulla was a nominee in the Top Export Market category and won R250 000 cash plus agricultural infrastructure worth R1 million.

“We’re happy that women in this province are continuing to make an impact in the agricultural sector, and that they comprehended our prioritization of agriculture as a key economic driver,” said Mahumapelo.

Manketsi Tlhape, the MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development in the province, encouraged female farmers to produce more food in the wake of provincial government’s recent resolve to make local farmers main suppliers of agricultural produce for government institutions such as hospitals and schools.