Categories: Africa

Zimbabwe set to enter goat meat export market

Cold Storage Company (CSC), a meat processing and distribution parastatal, and ZimTrade, the national export promotion agency, have launched a…

It is estimated that the country has 3, 1 million goats, more than 80% percent of which are owned by communal farmers, the Goat Breeders Association of Zimbabwe said.

According to CSC, there is much value to be unlocked for goat producers, and the company is setting up workshops in conjunction with ZimTrade to train goat farmers on how they can increase goat numbers and improve quality.

Speaking at the first training workshop at Matopos Research Station near Bulawayo, CSC manager for the Bulawayo abattoir, Willard Zvaita, said there was currently limited commercial production of goats in that country.

READ Goats revive rural farming project

Markets for goat meat had now been identified in Angola, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia. However, an adequate supply of goats had to be ensured to supply regular volumes at specified time-lines, he said.

“Producers should organise themselves into consortia to supply us with viable volumes because on the export markets we will be competing with strong [international] brands,” Zvaita said.

ZimTrade Matabeleland regional manager, Similo Nkala, said farmers needed information on how to improve packaging and branding, health and safety standards, as well as detailed market trends and statistics.

Matabeleland North ZCFU project co-ordinator, Dingani Ndlovu, said goat rearing in Zimbabwe was largely undertaken on a small scale, but the industry had a lot of potential.

“As farmers we need to engage CSC on exports because it already has high slaughtering and control standards,” he said.

Recent Posts

Leafroll virus in vines can be beaten – here’s how

Leafroll virus is a serious threat to South Africa’s viticulture industry: it shortens the lifespan of vineyards and has a…

1 day ago

Farmers welcome sharp decline in fuel prices

The large drop in the diesel price that can be expected for December, as announced by the Automobile Association (AA)…

2 days ago

A healthy profit from pasture-raised eggs

As a technician specialising in the installation and repair of gates, Rico Vergotine had little reason to be interested in…

2 days ago

Israeli-inspired chickpea burgers

Veganism is a growing global trend, and many of us will serve dinner or lunch to a vegan guest at…

2 days ago

EkoNiva producing more than 1 300t of milk a day!

EkoNiva-APK is a leading milk producer in Russia and Europe. Sophisticated technology and facilities are largely behind its success.

3 days ago

Agri leaders respond to recommendation to amend Constitution

The Joint Constitutional Review Committee has adopted a resolution that Section 25 of the Constitution must be amended to allow…

3 days ago

This website uses cookies.