The joys of poultry farming, in a book

2018-01-23 06:00
Pinetown author Siyabonga Mncedi. PHOTO: supplied

Pinetown author Siyabonga Mncedi. PHOTO: supplied

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THE Pinetown Fever reporter met up with Pinetown author Mnelisi Mthuli who wrote a book on poultry farming.

NM: Where were you born?

MM: I was born in a humble village called Empunga on the South Coast however, I live in Pinetown.

NM : Tell me about your childhood

MM: As an African boy growing up in a rural area, I would take care of the cattle and goats, sometimes working in the garden at home, we had amadumbe, sweet potato, peanuts, mealies, potatoes, beans, pumpkins and other vegetables.

I was more of an artistic child, I could draw.

I was particularly good at making virtually anything with clay, my friends and I used to spend almost every weekend building objects with clay.
At school I was a bright pupil who always placed in the top 10. Apart from school I used to also get a lot of compliments from the girls.

NM: Tell me about your book.

MM: My book is titled Mnelisi’s Guide to Raising Poultry. It is an agricultural farming book that covers almost everything you need to know about raising chickens whether as backyard chickens, free range or caged and is available in Zulu and English.
I believe that this is the first farming book to be written in Zulu. I am working on translating the book into the remaining national languages, this way everyone will be able to comfortably understand the information in their mother tongue.

The book comes with a free DVD that goes through the processes in the book. This caters for those who aren’t avid readers. With more than 500 copies sold, I haven’t had a single complaint, which I’m very happy about.

The book is for both beginners and advanced farmers. By following the advice and tips in the book you will get the best results for both layers and broilers.

NM: Why did you decide to write a book on poultry farming?

MM: I have been meaning to get into chicken farming for a while. When I started a farming Facebook group called Yebo Farming in June 2016, which now has about 70 000 users, I noticed that many people wanted to get into poultry farming, but they didn’t have enough information on how and where to start. So, this sparked the idea of writing an informative book.

NM : Do you have a poultry farm?

MM: I don’t have a poultry farm however, I am familiar with chickens.

In my village every family has backyard chickens. In future, yes, I am planning to run a commercial chicken farming business.

NM: What are your hobbies?

MM: I am an underground hip-hop artist. I have been doing hip-hop for the past 10 years.

The kind of hip-hop that I do is called non-commercial hip-hop, which doesn’t get played on the radio because of its nature.

NM: Describe yourself in one word:

MM: Dreamer.

NM: A message you want pass onto the youth

MM: Your goals are very important. Surround yourself with positive people. Surround yourself with doers, and surround yourself with dreamers.

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