‘COVID-19 deaths help drive up goat sales'
Farmer's Weekly|January 28, 2022
Communal goat farmers in South Africa can set their own prices due to a shortage of the animals brought about by COVID- 19-related deaths, according to Gugu Mbata, project manager of the Mdukatshani Rural Develpment Project.
SUSAN MARAIS

The animals are traditionally slaughtered at rural funeral ceremonies.

Mdukatshani, an NGO operational since 1975, assists communal farmers in improving their lives.

“Even during the height of COVID-19, rural grieving ceremonies continued as normal,” Mbata said, adding that goats were crucial during such ceremonies.

Mvezelwa Mchunu, a communal goat farmer from the Msinga/Weenen district in KwaZulu-Natal, said he sold a nine-month-old kid goat for R1 200, while a big castrated ram could easily fetch R3 500.

“Most companies [in the area] have shut down and there are no job opportunities. Goat farming provides a source of living.”

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