Beverly Mhlabane is a South African born Farmer, Agripreneur, Engineer, Founder and CEO of Zapa Farm, an egg production and vegetable farm, located in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa.
She started with a backyard vegetable garden in 2012, which was used for home consumption.
“One day I went to the shop to buy eggs and found the eggs to be very expensive so I decided to buy 10 laying chickens so we could get eggs for the house,” said Mhlabane.
“After about 6 months our neighbours requested that we sell them our eggs and thus we bought 165 layers and placed them in the garage. After a year we had 300 layers in the garage,” she added.
In 2014, Mhlabane bought two hectares of land and moved the egg production to the plot.
In 2018, she took a leap of faith and focused on her farm full-time, she went on to increase egg production and also started planting vegetables.
The farm has since installed two 30×10 vegetable tunnels and is planting on 1.5 hectares of land.
It also has 5,000 and 2,000 capacity layer houses and supplies among others, four Wimpy’s, Pick n Pay, a Holiday Inn hotel and local spaza shops.