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Imagine a world where anyone can become a farmer. Where gender norms no longer exist and all that matters is milk. You might not have to try that hard because Jeanet Rikhotso, Manager of Fort Hare Dairy Trust, is blazing the path forward for women in farming. Jeanet is setting the standard for farmers throughout South Africa as one of the first black female farmers. Since her start as a young agriculture student, she envisioned the future of farming.
Breaking the boundaries as a female farmer
Jeanet has overcome many battles in an industry that has been historically male dominated. Not only has the industry been male dominated, but it has also largely been run by white farmers. Jeanet is changing the narrative surrounding farming and agriculture as she uses her platform to cultivate skills and knowledge in other black farmers. She has gathered momentum and there is no stopping her on the fast track to success.
Jeanet started her journey in 2001 as an agriculture student with a focus on animal production. Since starting her studies, she has developed a deep passion for animals and dairy production. Her passion is what fuels her through the day-to-day challenges and hard work that are a standard part of the dairy industry. She emphasises that working in the dairy industry is not easy; there are daily challenges and if you want to be a successful farmer, you have to be willing to work hard. It is a labour of love but when you love something, the labour is worth it.