Eastern Cape female farmers to compete for top farmer prize

AUGUST 5, 2015

Eastern Cape female farmers will vie for the top-farming prize during the annual Female Entrepreneur of the Year awards (previously known as female farmer of the year awards) billed to take place at the Wild Coast hotel and Casino on Thursday (6 August 2015) afternoon.

The annual awards are aimed at encouraging participation in agriculture, forestry and fisheries by young women, women and women with disabilities through food security, job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation.

Representing farming cooperatives, trading companies and business, these women were drawn from district chapters of the competition aimed at selecting best performing female entrepreneurs and female farm worker for the provincial chapter of the competition.

Winners of the provincial chapter of the awards will represent the province in the national female entrepreneur of the year awards in Durban later in August.

This year, contestants will tussle for top prizes in agro processing, rural development, value adding, commercial farmer, smallholder, subsistence, export farmer and female farm worker of the year categories and for the overall winner category.

Last year, Eastern Cape’s Luthando Farm PTY LTD, scooped two major awards at the National Female Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

The Kirkwood based Citrus firm took top honors in the Best Producer Export category before taking home the overall winner prize beating nominees from other provinces.

Prior to the national contest, Luthando won the best producer export category in the provincial chapter of the awards a week ago.

Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle and Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane will had over awards to the winners and also hand over a special award to people living with disabilities involved in agriculture.

Value adding and rural development are the new categories introduced by the department this year.

Winning farmers will share in the R1.1 million-prize money at stake for the awards, with the lion’s share of the prize money going to the overall winner of the awards.

Image: MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo Qoboshiyane during the harvesting day held at Ripplemead Farm along the Keiskamma River Valley in Peddie.