By Flavia Ajok
HOIMA: Government has been tasked to revive its goat farms across the country so as to meet the high demands of goats within and outside the country.
Speaking on Saturday in goat farmer’s forum held at Hoima farm, goats and cattle farm in Nyamasoga village Kabaale Sub County in Hoima District, Jean Simon Onyaiti Academic consultant at Bishop Stuart University revealed that the demand for goats and its products is too high thus the government needs to revive its goat farms that are across the country.
Onyaiti said these farms are big enough and should be rehabilitated and stocked with goats and can be used as breeding centers where farmers can get these improved breeds of goats.
‘’These farms are big enough and should be rehabilitated and stocked with goats and can be used as breeding centers where farmers can get these improved breeds of goats,’’ he said.
While in the same forum, Dr. Hanington Byarugaba the director of city farm in Hoima district revealed that city farm started three years ago with an intention to breed the best quality animals and provide high quality and well-performing breeds of goats and cattle in Uganda.
Dr. Byarugaba explained that these animals are adaptable to the environment and are being multiplied to support farmers who want high quality breeds to improve their farming enterprise.
‘’These animals are adaptable to the environment and are being multiplied to support farmers who want high quality breeds to improve their farming enterprise,’’ he said.
He revealed that they did a short survey and realized that there was a general lack of high quality goats in Uganda thus came in to fill the gap as private investors so that they can support farmers who are looking for high quality breeds.
Byarugaba said the reason as to why they made a goats farmers forum is to learn from each other and also showcase because as a city farm they started with 100 goats in 2019 but now have over 1000 boer goats.
Dr. Charles Kajura the head of production and marketing Hoima district local government stressed that there is still a need for farmers to embrace goat farming because there is a lot of demand yet the production base is poor.
He said statistics of Hoima city alone without the oil and gas industry demand show that every day 20 to 30 goats are slaughtered then the oil sector demand for 500kgs of meat every week and Hoima is not able to meet the high demand.
Abdul Aziz Mwanje, one of the goat farmers in Hoima, who embraced the training appreciated the experts for the eye opener and requested that these forums should always be done for more knowledge on how to overcome the challenges they meet.
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