Farmers embark on goat commercialisation
The Farmers Economic Growth Trust is making efforts to commercialise goat production, with government saying there is an unmet demand for goat meat on the export market.
According to Mr Davet Muzvidzwa, a Mhangura based farmer who is into commercial goat production, the trust has come up with a comprehensive value chain structure meant to promote goat farming.
Mr Muzvidzwa of Estelle Farm boasts of over 350 goats, and is one of about 9 000 farmers in 3 regional clusters who rear goats on a commercial scale under the auspices of the Farmers Economic Growth Trust.
Addressing stakeholders during a goat field day at his farm, Mr Muzvidzwa said Zimbabwe has a goat stock of 4.7 million a figure he said is too low considering the high demand for goat meat in Asia.
Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement and Mhangura legislator, Dr Douglas Mombeshora said there is a ready market for livestock products from Zimbabwe.
Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya challenged women to take up agro-projects such as commercial goat farming.
She said the unmet demand for local livestock products presents business opportunities for women who can access project financing through the women’s bank.
The Farmers Economic Growth Trust has three regional clusters, and has given each cluster a target of producing about 350 000 goats for a start.
Each cluster is also expected to have its abattoirs and franchise butcheries and a tannery.