Calling all aspiring agripreneurs

Siyabonga Mngoma of Abundance Wholesome Foods was one of the agripreneurs with the SAB Urban Agricultural programme last year.

Youth-owned businesses in the agricultural sector are invited to apply for SAB KickStart’s Urban Agriculture programme, which aims to create sustainable employment.

Now in its second year, the 15-month programme looks to invest in high potential farming businesses, by integrating technology solutions that will grow the businesses and create lasting employment, and provides successful participants with technical and operational training, hydroponic infrastructure investment, industry based mentorship, as well as market access.

“As a 97% homegrown organisation, farming is key to our business. To strengthen the market and ultimately create jobs
outside of our core business,
we want to attract young people
to agriculture, through tech- nology,” said Phumzile Chifunyise, enterprise development manager, SAB and AB InBev Africa.

Hydroponic systems are an advanced farming methodology that is of high intensity, that is water and high nutrition based in which the planting is not dependent on soil.

“By introducing young farmers to this advanced process, we are looking to grow and bring a young face to agriculture, while rapidly increasing their output,” said Ms Chifunyise.

The programme is open to entrepreneurs aged 18 to 35, with a minimum of one-year farming experience.

The farm space should be in the region of 1 500m² that is currently used to produce plant based produce or crop on a revenue generating basis, with potential to scale. Applications need to be received by Sunday September 1.

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