The concept of local economic development entails communities coming up with programmes that benefit them and one Mutoko farmer is doing just that by breeding animals to improve local breeds in the area.

Mr Benard Kasekete of Mutoko’s ward 27 is breeding the Boran cattle, Red Kalahari and Boer goats as well as sheep and chickens, and intends to share his knowledge with local farmers to improve their breeds.

The farmer believes that farmers can only realise benefits if they have the right breed which also adapts to climate change.

“We have realised that most of our farmers are spending resources on breeds which are not realising any profits, so new breeds will be productive to the farmers,” he said.

Farm manager, Popular Ndaona and Tinashe Kasekete revealed that the farm is also accessible to local farmers to come and learn various forms of farming.

Despite having less than 10 hectares of land, Mr Kasekete has also built two fish ponds for fish farming.