It is my pleasure to present to you another issue of our quarterly newsletter, the Talking Goats and Pigs. This is the ninth offering of the publication which showcases the impact of the project and success stories of some of the smallholder farmers we are working with.
In this issue, we delve into the market experiences of goat producers in Binga district of Matebeleland North province, focusing on two goat producers whom the project trained and supported in accessing competitive markets in Bulawayo. We also present key project updates from the second quarter of the year including the progress at the Mashonaland East Meat Marketing Centre in Kuwadzana Extension in Harare, engagements between farmers and independent licensed butcheries in Harare and Bulawayo, services on offer at the Goat Improvement Centres and much more.
Despite numerous trainings offered, during cold weather especially in winter, many small holder farmers still experience high mortalities of kids and piglets due to lack of proper management practices. In this issue, we refresh tips on navigating through the cold to avoid unnecessary mortalities.
I am particularly happy to witness the transformative power of the direct meat marketing arrangements on the enterprises of the small and medium scale goat and pork producers. Previously accessing competitive markets was one of the biggest challenges faced by the farmers.
As we continue with our programming, we will work harder to ensure that small holder farmers have ready and competitive markets for their products. In the process, we are continuing to build their capacities to increase production and productivity to meet market demands.
VALUE Project Team Leader NEWTON CHARI