AfriPonics to empower women in agriculture

An agricultural start-up that specializes in hydroponics farming, AfriPonics is the brainchild of three young college students who love the African continent. The young students are Djibril Rushingabinwi from Rwanda, Jordan Mubako from Zimbabwe, and Lerato Takana from Lesotho.

The business was born out of reading and frustration that Lesotho has the potential to grow its own crops, yet 90 percent of them are still imported. The three young college students at Harvard University started talking about this company in 2019, which was officially launched and registered last year in August.

What followed was the construction and setting of the farm followed, and operations began in November. The farm is based in Khubetsoana near Unity Primary School.

One of the managing directors, Takana, explained that what AfriPonics essentially does is instead of growing vegetables using soil, it uses water. Takana further said that the farm focuses on leafy vegetables because they are sort of the easiest to grow using hydroponics. He revealed that one easy vegetable the farm started with is leafy lettuce, which has been growing since November 2021.

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