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Goat industry boosts economy

IN ONE of various expeditions by eThekwini Municipality to develop and ensure economic stability for its residents, the City has partnered with Goat Unlimited to highlight the importance of the goat industry in KwaZulu-Natal.

Themed: “Goat: The real deal”, the City hosted a thought-provoking and highly informative Goat Conference that brought together role-players from the industry and financial institutions to present business opportunities.

The conference was hosted at the Durban Botanic Gardens on 19 October and aimed to help transform local emergent farmers in order to get their share of the spoils in the goat value chain. Speakers highlighted the profitable aspect of the goat business and underlined its range of health benefits. Dr Fanuel Demas from the Namibian goat industry revealed that 5000 goats are imported to eThekwini from Namibia weekly with 270 000 exported annually.

Councillor Busi Ndlovu said the City’s interest in the goat industry came after statistics indicated that South Africa is a relative small goat producing country. “We are committed to developing local goat farmers unlock economic opportunities through our Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit.
This will include access to finance, markets, infrastructure as well as incubation programmes,” said Councillor Ndlovu.

She further emphasised that the goat farming industry is a highly lucrative one, urging aspiring farmers to venture into it. Furthermore, Councillor Ndlovu added that once goat farmers are fully productive they will be able to supply meat and dairy products to the City’s ground-breaking Radical Agrarian Social Economic Transformation programme.

African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) President, Dr Vuyo Mahlati echoed Councillor Ndlovu’s sentiments, saying the goat industry has massive potential of ensuring sustainable economic growth in communities.

nonduduzo.ngcongo@durban.gov.za

 
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