Best Projects 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs, or informal programs.
Organic vegetable production
Explain your project in details:
At BW MK AND DAUGHTER (PTY) LTD we produce organic vegetables, our main vegetable / crop Is tomato. A range of other vegetables (cabbage, butternut, spinach, onion and carrots ) are produced on rotation, to manage pests and diseases. Our main objective Is to bring fresh, organically grown vegetables closer to disadvantaged communities while creating employment. We use drip Irrigation to Irrigate our crops to save water. Our compost Is made out of weeds and animal manure. We have adopted the no-till method to protect the soil structure. Fish emulsion and chicken manure pellets are used to fertilize our crops. Mulching using organic mulch Is adopted to protect the soil, retain moisture and decrease soil erosion.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Availability of high quality food Is Important for the health of a nation, especially young children and pregnant women. Our chemical free vegetables are produced by women In a rural area. The vegetables are sold to community members and Informal businesses at an affordable price.
Sustainability and future plans
At BW MK AND DAUGHTER (PTY) LTD, we use the business to business (B2B) and business to customer (B2C) model. We aim to expand our operations to 5 ha In other to produce more organic vegetables and create more employment. We also aim to grow high value crops ( garlic, ginger) and herbs ( thyme, parsley).
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I was born and raised In South Africa, Limpopo province In 1989 (32 years). I was born In a family of farmers. My great grandparents, grandparents and father were Into livestock (Pigs, cattle and goats), horticultural crop production and poultry farming. My father produced tomatoes, spinach, beetroot and carrots which he sold to local community members, tuck-shops and vendors. I hold a Masters degree In chemistry from the University of Limpopo and a certificate In project management from the University of South Africa with extensive experience In research and managing different projects.