Kanino Patson Ubisi, born on 24 April 1984, wants to see every South African eating fresh food from his farm and staying healthy. That is what got Ubisi into the business of growing fresh produce and selling it to communities and businesses in and around Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.
Ubisi,who was raised in a family of 6, is the son of Pedro Ubisi and Raphina Shiburi. Young Patson Ubisi attended school between 1991 and 2004 at Islington Village in Bushbuckridge.
He is a proud father of 4 chlildren, (three boys and a girl namely Hlayisani, Musa, Nesi and Tembani).
Before he ventured into agribusiness in 2016, Ubisi used to work at a logistics company.
His farming business called Peekay Co-op is also based in Islington, and that is where various cultivars of fresh produce are grown, namely tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, okra, corn, butternut and chills. The farmers at the Peekay Co-op use water from boreholes as well as a drip irrigation system which allow them optimum use of their water resources.
In 2018 the farm saw a great deal of improvement from a small scale outfit into a medium sized agri- business that is now able to supply to bigger clients such as Spar, A1 Fisheries and Fruit Lovers supermarkets. However, the desire for the team at Peekay is to see the growth of their farm which will also afford them an opportunity to export to overseas markets.
Ubisi says they also have a mentor from the government and are also supplied with fertilizers.
Peekay is not only interested in venturing into bigger markets but would still like to continue working for the wellbeing of the community. The company often makes donations of fruits and vegetables to bereaved families in the community.
Ubisi says they have acquired more land, aproximately 2 more hectares where they plan to extend their crop production in December this year.
A lot of work is going to be done on this piece of land. We require fencing, a powerful borehole, electricity and storage for our harvested crops. We plan to plant the two full hectares where we also wish to export our vegetables. We also require equipment like tractors, another drip system, tanks and garden tools.
Contact the director Patson Ubisi on 072 471 7811 or 065 747 7760 to place your orders for fresh produce from the Peekay Co-op Farm in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.
With Flair Concepts Magazine.