Alongside our permanent and seasonal workers in South Africa, each year we welcome female students studying Farm Management from the Mashamba Campus of Vhembe TVET College.

Sadly, The Africa Report recently reported on the so-called she-cession, saying that three-quarters of South Africa’s young people are unemployed, with women making up two-thirds of the job losses during the global pandemic.

Knowing the imperative contribution women make to sub-Saharan agriculture, we are consistently keen to welcome women into our industry, sharing knowledge and expertise to pave the way for the next generation of females in fresh produce.

By providing these young women with practical on-farm experience through a structured educational programme, we can support a hard-working female-led workforce in a global agri-fresh supply-chain that typically faces frequent and substantial gender marginalisation.

Empowering women in this way holds enormous benefits for the economy worldwide, the McKinsey Global Institute study found that advancing women’s equality could add $12 trillion (R176.75 trillion) to the global economy by 2025!

Future farming ambition…

Both our male and female student recruits are being kept busy on our Maswiri farm, with the tasks that they are carrying out counting towards the 3,240 practical hours required to allow them to pass their degree.

We caught up with a few of our female students, Nemaguvhuni, Davhana, Magadani, Netshidzivhani and Ramano to find out more about their new life on farm.

Nemaguvhuni has been working on Quality Control (sizing) and hopes to become a Farm Manager in the future. She chose agriculture as a career as it “is the primary source of things like medicine, food and also clothes. Agriculture creates many jobs and can help to minimise poverty”.

Also aiming to become a Farm Manager in the coming years, Davhana chose her degree for the practical side of the agri-space and to obtain further farming skills.

When asked about her choice to study agriculture, Magadani said “Studying agriculture teaches life lessons early, especially the unjustness of nature. It can also provide work for the youth and allows us to learn more about farming”.

Ramano and Netshidzivhani both share a similar feeling when speaking of agriculture as they both value the food supply-chain, with Ramano remarking “my aim is to learn more about crops and livestock and to help with providing the food chain for the world since farming is so integral to life.”

The passion shown from each student for the future of agriculture is fantastic and we look forward to nurturing their enthusiasm and excitement for the industry throughout their time with Jupiter.

Valuable on farm experience

By working as part of a busy farm team, our student workers can develop the skills they need while on the job.

To get a flavour of life on a working farm, the students carry out a wide range of tasks including quality control on sizing, weighing, and culling as well as gaining expertise when working with chemicals and the more physical side of our post-harvest supply-chain.

Keep an eye on the news section of our website and our social media channels to see more in the life of our students recruits.

The Jupiter Group is an award-winning fresh produce grower with a simple vision – to be the most transparent company in fresh produce. With a year-round supply and innovative new variety development, Jupiter is hailed as one of the world’s leading fresh produce companies. Beyond their speciality in growing grape and citrus, Jupiter’s expertise also covers avocado, pineapple and kiwi in all formats and sizes across retail, wholesale, and food service businesses globally. Jupiter Group are different because they have digitised their supply chain and control a true seed to shelf process. The result? A consistent, transparent, trusted and traceable supply. On Jupiter’s own farms and those of their growing partners, the way they do business has British standards, global cultural heritage and unrivalled entrepreneurial spirit. Jupiter’s BRCGS AA rated prepared fruit facilities in the UK provide a range of pots, punnets and trays alongside co-branded products such as their Babybel® Light Cheese, Apple & Grapes snack pack. They have ranked consecutively for three years in the prestigious The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 for International Growth, most recently at number 17.
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