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SA: this pecan nut farmer is building her growing dream

Precious Mathibe was born and bred in Pretoria in Gauteng. She spent her entire schooling career in the city and obtained a master's degree in international business. She was determined to realize her dream to start a farm, so she saved up. "I saved up for at least five years and recently, last year, I was able to purchase my own farm of 21 hectares."

Her business, based in Pretoria, is called Huckleberry Farm. She started farming pecan nuts, and after just a year, is already growing her business. She is expanding her pecan production from 40 trees to 300 trees.

Very soon into pecan farming, Mathibe realized that she would need to diversify her farming operations. "Pecan nuts fall once, and people don't realize that. There is one harvest a year and then it's quiet. So, I had to start thinking of a diversification plan, something that would keep operations running."

She opted for aquaponics. "I currently farm trout fish on the side of the aquaculture and on the side of hydroponics. I farm niche crops like parsley, coriander, sugar snaps, and mint."

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