World-class training for SA small-scale poultry farmers
Hundreds of small-scale broiler and layer hen farmers across South Africa are benefitting from training provided through collaboration between international and national organisations and experts.
The training, which forms part of a World Poultry Foundation (WPF) programme supported by grants from the US government, has been upskilling the farmers in the critical aspects of new business, farm and financial management.
Award-winning South African poultry mentor, Mzwandile Duma, has been tasked by local training programme facilitator, Franchising Plus, to share his knowledge with close to 100 small-scale poultry farmers in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State as part of the WPF’s nationwide initiative.
This training is the next step in the farmers’ development. The farmers already know how to raise chickens and to produce eggs well. A common problem among them, though, is that they do not keep records of their production expenses and their income so they do not know if they are making or losing money. The training that they are being given now is intended to address this problem.
Hundreds of small-scale broiler and layer hen farmers across South Africa are benefitting from training provided through collaboration between international and national organisations and experts. Business and financial management training is intended to make the operations of the small-scale poultry farmers sustainable into the future. Improved enterprise management will allow those farmers who want to, to expand their existing broiler or egg production.
After the farmers are given their theoretical training, mentors like Duma visit each farmer individually to personally assess their business and to give them recommendations and practical advice at the production site. The training programme has already proven successful, but each farmer will need ongoing intervention and support for at least a year to make sure that they stay on the right track.
The training beneficiaries also need ongoing reminders that they are more than capable of being successful poultry farmers and that they need to believe in themselves and their skills. The training programme, began in 2018 and is expected to end later this year, is also supported by the US Department of Agriculture and by other South African entities, including the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, the KZN Poultry Institute, and the Future Farmers Foundation.
Article by Lloyd Phillips