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24 Jul, 2018


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Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) is facilitating implementation of a Community Based Goat Breeding Project with financial support from USAID through USDA, and technical support from BOKU University in Austria. Since 2015, we have been working with goat farming communities of Zombwe EPA in Mzimba and Magoti EPA in Nsanje, and from 2017, Mkwinda and Mitundu EPAs of Lilongwe, to improve quality of their indigenous goats by assisting these communities to regularly select and relocate breeding bucks of superior traits from their local flocks and eliminating the bucks with non-desired traits through castrations, leading to improving production and maintaining a stable genetic base. Scientific knowledge is integrated to local community knowledge to select superior performing young bucks for breeding.

Following three successive selections, communities are now using improved local bucks, and have adopted the selection procedures to run buck selection on their own. To this effect, farmers have organised another session of buck selection to take place as follows:

A) Zombwe EPA (near Ekwendeni) in Mzimba district,
 On 26 and 27 July 2018 at Zombwe 2 and 1 sub sites, respectively.
B) Magoti EPA (near Sorgin) in Nsanje district,
 On 2 and 3 August 2018, at Nguluwe and Bande sub sites, respectively.
 Activities will start from 6:00 am at all venues.
These sites now have excess bucks that can be used to improve local goats in areas under similar ecological zones. Non-selected young bucks, plus culled breeding bucks can be sold for meat production.

As such, we want to take this opportunity to invite all stakeholders to these functions and have a privilege to buy some of the selected high quality indigenous bucks for breeding with goats in their respective areas or farms within similar ecological zones. Vendors, butchers and other traders are welcome to buy non-selected goats for meat production.

Don`t miss this opportunity!!!

For more information, contact respective ADDs (Attn. Chief Animal Health and Livestock Development Officer), or the following numbers for LUANAR Implementing Team, +265881871506, +265999603208 or email tgondwe@luanar.ac.mw



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