Enhancing Goat Farming Through Training

FARMER EMPOWERMENT … Agra ProVision training equips participants with crucial knowledge and skills to improve goat farming, contributing directly to food security and economic growth.

The goat production training initiative at Agra ProVision is set to boost goat production practices, with broader agricultural and rural development goals in southern Africa, says Agra ProVision manager Theo Ickua.

Agra ProVision is the professional training division of Agra Limited, providing expert advice and support in  various farming areas, such as capacity development, basic farm management, livestock management and animal health.

“The training programme represents a significant step towards advancing agricultural development, rural livelihood improvement, and food security in the region. By empowering farmers with knowledge and skills, the initiative aims to create sustainable agricultural practices and enhance livelihoods in rural communities,” says Ickua.

The training equips participants with crucial knowledge and skills to improve goat farming, contributing directly to food security and economic growth, he says.

Goats are small productive animals that can survive extreme climatic conditions. The course gives an overview of why one should consider farming profitably with goats. It also covers important aspects such as nutrition and reproduction and kid management Ickua says.

Improved goat farming directly addresses food security challenges, as goats are valuable sources of meat and dairy in many communities.

By promoting sustainable and efficient farming techniques, the training supports initiatives for increased agricultural productivity and income generation among rural farmers, says Ickua.

A thriving goat farming sector stimulates economic growth by creating employment opportunities and fostering market development for goat-related products.

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The training further covers various crucial aspects of goat production, including nutrition, reproduction, kid management, equipment, facilities, husbandry techniques, and disease management. Participants also learn about marketing strategies, income generation, and record keeping to ensure effective flock management.

The training is targeted at those interested in livestock farming, mostly in the goat farming sector. This includes farmers looking to expand their operations, newcomers entering the industry, and anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge of goat production practices.

“Participants gain comprehensive understanding and practical skills in goat management, breeding techniques, nutrition, health care, and market strategies,” says Ickua.

The training utilises effective techniques, including informative lectures, practical demonstrations and field visits to successful goat farms. These diverse approaches aim to provide participants with a well-rounded understanding and practical skills for successful goat farming endeavours.

The programme is designed to be inclusive and adaptable to participants with different levels of experience in goat production. Whether beginner or experienced farmer, each participant finds value in the programme, with personalised guidance and interactive workshops fostering learning among peers with diverse backgrounds, says Ickua.

Upon completing the training, participants get access to post-training resources, including online materials, continued support from trainers, and networking opportunities with other farmers. Agra ProVision also provides tools like the Husbandry Task Calendar to assist farmers in managing their small stock herds effectively.

Sam Johannes, who started goat farming in 2013, said he ventured into goat farming for business where he breeds more than 300 goats and sells them for a profit.

“I wait until they total more than 200, then I start selling to make a profit, then reinvest. That’s how I do it,” he said.

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