Help to set up goat rearing project
The goat project commenced in April, 2009 with 6 goats, and shortly after a few months, the goats began giving birth at intervals with some giving birth to twins. This brought the total number to 11 goats within a period of six months. However, one kid was knocked down by an over speeding cyclist reducing the number to 10. In January 2010, the youth bought more three adult goats with funds resulting from the youth’s crafts sold by Esther and Maria in Europe between October to December, 2009. This has increased the number from 10 to 13 goats. 4 others are currently pregnant and soon the youth expect the number to multiply. The goat project initially involved six youth but currently as the number of goats multiply, more youth have gotten involved increasing the number from 6 to 11 youth. Recently in January, two young goats were passed on to two youth. More three are yet to be passed on to others when they reach a somewhat mature age.
The three males could be sold in three months time, and new goats could then be purchased.
Table 1.1: Expenses incurred on the goat rearing project as at 31st December, 2009
No. Item Q’ty Unit Cost ($) Total cost ($)
1 Local goats 6 30 180
2 Transport 10 10
3 Goat cake 6 3.5 21
4 Goat treatment 7.5 7.5
5 Spray powder 1 2.5 2.5
6 Salt 6 3 18
7 Vaccination 6 2 12
8 Vet Certificate 1 3 3
9 Insemination 3 1 3
·Scarcity of pastures during the dry seasons
·One incident of accident was recorded by an over speeding cyclist
·The goats grow at a slow rate therefore returns take long to be realized.
How they have overcome the challenges:
·Scheduled and urgent vaccinations
·During dry seasons, the goats are fed on tree branches, food wastes
·Since the goats take quite long to mature, some youth are also involved in art and crafts to earn an income
·The goats are also being cross bred to ensure that fast growing/improved breeds are obtained
·Look for funding options to buy more goats since more youth are very much interested in the project
·Involve married women who have no employment. Some have already shown interest in joining the group
What you can do:
1) Advise the youth on how to store food for the dry season.
2) develop a guide on how to make hay or other dry food - apparently nobody in the village makes hay.