By KOPANO MONAHENG WE ARE living in challenging times. But there are ways to overcome the challenges and farming could be the key to a better life. In 2015, Nkosincedile Dube 32 from Mzimhlophe in Soweto ventured into the world of farming to create employment for himself and members of his community. Speaking to SunMoney, he said: “There is a high youth unemployment rate in the country and my chances of finding employment somewhere were slim. “With the passion I have for farming, I decided to do something about it. “Luckily in 2015, I was spotted by INMED SA and Mondelez South Africa and learnt a lot about modern farming. “They gave me all the tools I needed like seedlings, seeds and education,” he said. Nkosincedile said he specialised in a type of farming called aquaponics, which didn’t need soil for crops to be planted. He said he sold his vegetables to street vendors and members of the community to put food on his table. Nkosincedile said he had two permanent Nkosincedile Dube specialises in a type of farming called aquaponics, which didn’t need soil for crops to be planted. Photo by Kopano Monaheng employees but when it was time to plant and harvest, he took on parttime workers. Nkosincedile said to succeed, farmers needed to have access to market opportunities and theirfood had to be of a high quality. He said without the help he received at the beginning, he would not have been able to achieved what he had. He urged entrepreneurs to seek help from big companies in order to grow.