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The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development offered to put its weight behind the goat-farming initiative but has failed to provide the promised funds or support.PHOTO: gallo images
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development offered to put its weight behind the goat-farming initiative but has failed to provide the promised funds or support.PHOTO: gallo images

An ambitious programme to commercialise and boost indigenous goat production across KwaZulu-Natal is in jeopardy because the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has throttled funding of millions of rands.

In October 2016, the department signed a deal with two NGOs, Heifer Project South Africa (HPSA) and Mdukatshani Rural Development Project, to launch a five-year plan to change the face of livestock farming. So promising is this initiative that international donors, from the EU, Germany and the United States, have also committed over R30 million to its realisation.

Among the objectives of this goat master plan were the following.

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