A young man from Vryburg is revolutionising the agricultural landscape – and he is only a teenager.
Thabo Dithakgwe is by no means average. At 19 he’s making a name for himself as the country’s youngest livestock farmer, running his 790-hectare farm, farming with cows, sheep and goats.
It started at age 13 when his father gifted him a pregnant heifer cow. At age 14 he received his identification livestock certificate from the Department of Agriculture and became a commercial farmer.
It runs in his blood, Thabo told DRUM. “I didn’t just wake up and decide to be a farmer – I was born a farmer.
Meet 19-year-old Thabo Dithakgwe probably South Africa’s youngest farmer.
It started at age 13 when his father gifted him a pregnant heifer cow.
At age 14 he received his identification livestock certificate from the Department of Agriculture.. and became a commercial farmer. pic.twitter.com/RfKkQFcbpx
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According to Thabo, everything he knows he’s learnt from his late grandfather, Nasi Dithakgwe, and his father Pushoetsile, from whom he inherited land.
The Dithakgwes became the proud owners of Constable Farm after the family won a land claim under Barolong Boo Maiketso Communal Property Association from the government in 2015, allowing them to farm there for 30 years.
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I Nasi Thabo Herman Dithakgwe who is the youngest farmer in the North West RSA,I’m taking over and hoping to inspire many aspiring young farmers out there#YouthInAgriculture#SAFarmer#AgriNews pic.twitter.com/zNoVhuvRER
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According to Drum, they use software that makes running a farm more efficient.
“There are new technologies, such as artificial insemination, which makes it possible for me to buy semen from stud farmers instead of having to buy a bull of my own.
“We have social media that we can use to promote our business, tracking devices that can give us live updates of our animals and, if you can afford it, you can purchase a drone to monitor your farm from the comfort of your home.”
Thabo is also studying mixed farming at the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture and is driven by creating jobs in his community.