By Blessings Simwiinga
A livestock farmer of Kasenga farms of Chongwe district in Lusaka province has urged the youths to venture into livestock farming as an entrepreneurial business.
Speaking at the 93rd Agricultural and Commercial show held at the show grounds in Lusaka, livestock farmer Charles Zulu said with the high demand of goats from Saudi Arabia youths should be able to see this as a business opportunity.
“The Saudis have requested about one million goats per month from Zambia, and there is unfulfilled demand of the commodity on the local market this should be an opportunity that should be exploited,” he said.
Mr. Zulu explained that although goat farming is relatively a small business compared to cattle and poultry farming there is unmet demand of the commodity on the local market.
He added that goats are resistant to most of the diseases and are natural grazers hence making it easy for them to be reared.
“Even if goat rearing is not as popular as cattle or poultry farming, they are easy animals to look after as they can survive under harsh conditions,” he said.
He however explained that for the business to boost there is need to add value to the livestock products as this can increase the income generation.
“In business you should always thrive hard to improve the products, in our case as livestock farmers we should be able to smoke the chickens as well as the goat meat and use many other methods that can add value to the livestock products we sell,” said Mr. Zulu.