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MBABANE - Nedbank injected a sponsorship worth E125 000 to the Woman Farmer Foundation (WFF).

WFF hosted the Woman Farmer of the Year competition last Thursday.  The event was held at Riders Ranch, Sidvokodvo where dignitaries from government, non-governmental and private sector as well as parliamentarians and women farmers converged for the much-anticipated event in the agricultural sector. The bank has been the anchor sponsor of the Woman Farmer of the Year competition for over a decade now. Nedbank Managing Director Fikile Nkosi congratulated all the Top 10 winners in both the adult and youth categories.


“As the main sponsor of the Woman Farmer of the Year competition, we would like to pass our warmest congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Woman Farmer of the Year competition. We particularly say bravo to Baluleka Mohale (adult category winner) and Rose Maseko (youth category winner) as they came out tops during a very difficult time affecting the agricultural sector and the world at large. We are really proud of them.”

Speaking during the event last Thursday, Nkosi said the bank is passionate about participating in activities that help drive our country’s growth and development through agriculture. “As Money experts who do good, we want our farmers to ‘see money differently’ through managing their agriculture ventures like a business because we know that money well managed can make a positive difference to the lives of farmers, their families and their communities. Our doors are open to all women farmers across the country as we want to assist grow your enterprises and to give you the much-needed expertise to make that happen,” she said.

The MD stated that the pandemic calls for strong cooperation across all sectors of the economy to fight the virus and care for the sick and to alleviate the socio-economic effects.
“If we fail to react in this manner, it threatens to create among other issues, a food security risk for the people of Eswatini and millions of others around the world. “Therefore, we all must play our part in ensuring that we safeguard the uninterrupted flow of both production and trade in agriculture, allowing women farmers to continue farming to ensure food produced reaches local communities, regional and international markets. As sponsors and the private sector, we have a huge responsibility to advance far-reaching support to farmers and rural areas, by providing financing at favourable terms and availing market opportunities to woman farmers as needed,” Nkosi added.


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