United Arab Emirates, India and Angola are some of the countries that treasure goat meat while Turkey is in dire need of goat hides, opportunities that Zimbabwe can exploit after the launch of a goat project in Mukumbura.
For long youths in this dry region of Mashonaland Central’s which is sandy and ever hot with very little productiveness in farming, woke up with a sense of idleness, a feeling that has forced some into engaging in criminal activities while others migrate to neighbouring Mozambique.
That, however, is set to change after the Zanu PF youth league established a hybrid goat breeding project which will give the youths a reason to face each new day with a purpose.
“The first phase is meant to give you the local breed and gives the locals an opportunity to cross breed. As for the marketing, the leadership is responsible because the market is already in place,” said Tendai Chirawu, Zanu PF Youth League Secretary for Administration.
One hundred goats were delivered to mark the beginning of change to Mukumbura’s economic fortunes.
“This is a good initiative because in the past all we got were promises. We are happy that this will lessen the rate of criminal activities. Our goat breeds will be upgraded because we have small breeds,” said one of project beneficiaries.
The Zanu PF Youth League is looking at establishing the goat breeding project in almost every province as a response to the needs raised by the communities in interactions during their campaigns.
The motive is to grow the project into a huge foreign currency earner through exports.
Australia is the largest goat export nation, accounting for 50 percent of the global market but still failing to meet the growing demand in the United States, Angola, India and Saudi Arabia, among other countries.
Given the fact that less than 2 percent of youths benefited from the land reform programme, livestock projects seek to compensate for the inadequacy.