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Villager excited over gains from goat meat project

by Stephen Jakes
28 Apr 2022 at 07:13hrs | Views
For 60-year-old Soni Nkomalama of Sihlengeni Village in Ward 5 of Nkayi district, the direct goat meat marketing approach has been a game changer.

Latest  Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme newsletter states that the proud owner of 46 goats, Soni participated in the first pilot of the direct marketing in Nkayi district selling 4 of his goats through the ZAGP VALUE project's Nkayi Goat Producers Business Association.

"The goats were all castrates aged between 3 and 4 years of age. From the sale, Soni generated US$320 at a market average of US$80 per goat, with the highest goat weighing 29kgs after slaughter. The average price of goats in the area ranges from US$35 to US$40," reads the newsletter.

"Despite not being a member of the association, Soni's success at the market has inspired other goat producers to participate in the initiative and to join the goat producers' business association."

Speaking on his big earnings from the market, Soni divulged that he treats his goat rearing as a commercial business the same way he does with the mini grocery shop he operate in the area.

Soni also runs a grocer shop and says that he implements the same business principles for his goat enterprise hence his success at the goat market.

"At first, I was skeptical about the direct meat marketing route as it was something new, but after discussions with those leading the process, I decided to give it a try and I am very happy with the prices I sold my goats for through the direct marketing arrangement," said Soni.

Source - Byo24News