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Matshidiso Parage is breaking the mould in the typically male-dominated farming industry.

Matshidiso Parage. Picture: Supplied

A 23-YEAR-old farmer from Warrenton, Matshidiso Parage, who started farming at the age of 18 years after obtaining a loan from her parents, will represent the Northern Cape at the national female entrepreneur awards in Cape Town today.

The MEC for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Nomandla Bloem, said the provincial winner of this year’s female entrepreneur awards was breaking the mould in the typically male-dominated farming industry, at a tender age.

She said Parage started farming in 2014 when she purchased one bull with the money she borrowed from her parents.

“She feeds and vaccinates her livestock and transports water to the farm in a bakkie when there are water scarcities.

“She indicated that she will use her prize money that she won during the provincial round of the competition to improve the kraal, buy more cattle and goats and intends to start breeding sheep.”

Bloem added that Parage now employed other young people to temporarily assist on the farm.

“She received training in cattle management, animal husbandry and crop production. Provincial government has increased the access of girls to education, initiated bursaries and training programmes for young women and allocated funds for women entrepreneurs.

“More, however, still needs to be done to ensure the full participation of women in the economy and women in leadership positions.”

– Staff Reporter