Thabiso Mbatha is a passionate agronomist and Candidate Natural Scientist who has worked in public, civil and private sectors within the agriculture industry. From trainee to an Agricultural Advisor, Thabiso is now responsible for providing farmers with crop protection solutions that are environmentally, economically and practically safe.
He is still regarded as someone who is new in the industry, but his achievements say that he is definitely growing to become a force to be reckoned with. Thabiso has conducted agricultural work in 4 provinces in South Africa and hopes to tap into the agricultural potential of all 9 provinces. His most memorable professional achievement was conducting, monitoring and evaluating crop production projects within the North-West Province that were awarded financial support. This was when he was still with the Department of Agriculture. This process allowed him to understand the critical aspects that lead to agricultural success and failure, as well as allowing him to contribute to curbing irregular spending of public funds.
Thereafter he “jumped into the deep-end” of entrepreneurship by establishing an agricultural consultancy and learnt vital lessons on how to go about conducting business with farmers. He is currently managing the agrochemical requirements of about 49 farmers, spanning an approximate area of 3174 Hectares, producing macadamia nuts, sugarcane, bananas, vegetables and herbs amongst others. When he is not out on a farm, Thabiso can be found jogging and reading. He also spends his time with his monthly study group that he organises for young farmers that he services. His plan is simple- to facilitate the synergistic formation of commodity-group production leading to the formation of a youth-led African agricultural supply franchise. This will be a vital step in the right direction in efforts to make farming more attractive to the youth by lowering input cost.
“When life gives you lemons, plant the seeds, select the genetically superior types and make a business around it. Remember to give some seeds back.” - Thabiso E. P. Mbatha