Empowering Communities through Livestock Production

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With the overall goal of ensuring that households affected by the 2016 El Niño event and the 2017 armyworm outbreak in Mzimba and Kasungu Districts are able to recover and build food security and self-sufficiency. CADECOM Mzuzu in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and with financial support from Latter Day Saints (LDS) is implementing a project titled Recovering Agricultural Livelihoods in Small-holder Farmers.

 In 2017/18 season, the project distributed goats in Kasungu and Mzimba District. Chataika Kanyinji aged 48, married with five children who hail from Chataika village under Group Village Headman Kachinda in Traditional Authority Kaluluma in Kasungu District. He is one of the beneficiaries who received Goats through the Goat fairs that were organized at Kachinda market. He managed to receive two female goats during the event.

Chataika cited that “I used to admire my fellow farmers who had livestocks. I really wanted to have some but access to livestocks was always a challenge financially. Even when it comes to farming, I struggle very much when it comes to accessing quality hybrid seeds and fertilizer which makes it difficult to harvest enough food for the family,”.

He further added, “I was very happy the day I received the goats, even my whole family was very happy too. My dreams of becoming a livestock farmer became a reality on that day and I want the goats to multiply more because in the future they shall be a source of food and income for my children school fees.”

He has constructed a modern goat pen where the goats are being kept. In addition, he was trained on Goat Management by Government Veterinary Officer.

He has already started seeing the benefits of raising goats because he now gets goat dung (organic fertilizer) which he mixes with green manure for his crop production.

 

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Compiled by: Gracious Mtambo

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