Farmers in Manicaland province have been urged to produce the Brahman Peri-degree breed, whose herd is depleting in the country.

Currently, the Brahman Peri-degree breed is estimated to be around 5 million countrywide, a shocking figure given the conducive climate in the country that also best suits livestock farming, according to Mr Davie Joubert, the only licenced Brahman Peri-digree farmer in the province.

“Manicaland has the best climate for cattle farming, so it is vital for livestock farmers to venture into Brahman breeding for the betterment of their lives and the nation at large,” he said.

He added that pressure has mounted on the few Brahman breeders in the country and has since called on other farmers to join the trade, arguing that the cost of keeping the bulls is the same as that of keeping ordinary beef cattle.

“As known South Africa, our biggest trading partner cannot export cattle at the moment due to the foot and mouth outbreak. So there is need to fill the vacuum to meet the increasing demand in the country,” he said.

The government has highlighted in the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) that it is committed to assist farmers through the special agriculture production initiative.