|Nguni Cattle project launched in Mpumalanga: a truly South African breed with global potentialities |
The Industrial Development
Corporation (IDC) in partnership with the University of Limpopo,
Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land
Administration (DARDLA) officially introduced the Nguni Cattle
Development Project at Mpumalanga Province .
The project known as the Mpumalanga IDC Nguni Cattle
Development Trust started operating in the province since
2011, and was just being officially launched during the ceremonial
event held at Nooitgedacht Research Farm, Ermelo. Primarily, the
project aims to reintroduce the Nguni breed to the rural farming
communities and to increase black entrepreneurs in the agribusiness
industry. It will benefit the community for self-sustainability. It
is envisaged that the Department of Agriculture will provide each
targeted farmer with an Nguni Cattle whilst other participants like
the University of Limpopo will providing technical and advisory
expertise in order for the project to become a success.
According to DARDLA seventeen Nguni Projects have been identified
to be loaned; an Nguni bull and 30 pregnant heifers over a five-year
period. Farmers will be expected to pay back the loan by providing
the same number of heifers and a bull as progenies of the initial
herd to the Trust within a five year period.
Nguni cattle are a hybrid of indigenous cattle introduced by the
Bantu tribes of southern Africa from the north of the continent; and
are well-known for their fertility and resistance to diseases.
Date created: 2012-08-02 15:32:39