By Tamuka Charakupa
The Presidential Goat Scheme has been officially launched in Chisuma Village of Chipinge as part of government efforts to build resilience and improve livelihoods in rural communities.
This comes as Government is on course to improving livelihoods in rural communities through various agricultural projects including the Presidential goat scheme.
The programme will see beneficiaries from across the country receiving at least 632 000 improved goat breeds.
Bande Village in Chipinge South is the first beneficiary of the programme after receiving 292 goats which will benefit at least 121 households.
“We are going to supply at least 20 000 goats in Manicaland as we push to fulfill the mandate tasked to us by government,” Hazvinei Kabisira, Blackdeck managing director and a goat farmer said.
Another said, “We are so happy that President Mnangagwa has included this place in development issues. We are very far from city centres, but we have not been left behind. We are delighted to have benefitted from these various programmes.”
“This is a very hot region so this goat project will go a long way in building resilience and create income generation,” another farmer said.
Officially launching the programme, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was represented by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Dr Anxious Masuka, reiterated government’s commitment towards improving livelihoods in rural communities.
“Small stock farming, which is an integral part of building resilience and business for rural communities in Zimbabwe is an important adaptation intervention. The Presidential Goat Scheme complements other Presidential Blitz Tick Grease Scheme, the Presidential Poultry Scheme, the Presidential Community Fisheries Scheme and the Presidential Rural Development Programme, and the local Innovations, Inventions and Interventions and collectively dubbed ‘Rural Development 8.0’ which aim to improve incomes and livelihoods of 61% of our population, some 9.2 million people so they are not left behind, but become mainstreamed into gainful economic activity, as we journey towards 2030,” he said.
The Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Nokuthula Matsikenyere and Chipinge South legislator, Honourable Enock Porusingazi underscored the importance of the programme in rural development and its contribution to Vision 2030.
“We want to thank the President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa for living up to his promises. We have received Pfumvudza/ Intwasa inputs, nutritional garden and above all fish and goat projects. This means our people now have sustainable income generating projects,” noted Hon Matsikenyere.
Honourable Porusingazi said, “We are in region 5 so the idea of solarised boreholes will ensure we irrigate and grow crops throughout the year while the goats project will complement the development.”
The Presidential Goat Scheme is expected to increase the goat herd from the current 4.3 million to six million by 2025.
The Second Republic is on an accelerated rural industralisation drive to bridge the development gap between rural and urban communities while also transforming livelihoods as the country envisages an upper middle-income society by 2030.