A livestock commercialisation project in Mhondoro Ngezi which started with cattle has now diversified into goats breeding .
The goats breeding project is being funded by Zimplats, while a technical partner, Linkages for the Economic Advancement of the Disadvantaged (LEAD) is implementing the community scheme.
A total of 16 bucks of the Kalahari red and Boer cross breed have since been handed over to the Wanganui community in Mhondoro Ngezi district.
Zimplats corporate affairs head, Mrs Busi Chindove said the projects are meant to improve the health, productivity and breed of cattle and goats, and in doing so help capacitate communal farmers.
LEAD chief executive officer, Mr Elliot Takaindisa said the goat project is quite ideal as a low cost investment venture with high returns, while deputy director in the office of the Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs, Mr Douglas Chiwiro views it as a step towards improving nutrition security for the Mhondoro Ngezi community which is prone to frequent crop failures.
The Wanganui community has been challenged to ensure it adopts best animal husbandry practices to ensure their livestock is free from preventable diseases.
The Kalahari red and Boer goats cross breed is resistant to diseases, is of commercial value as it can attain 40kgs of weight.
Last year the Wanganui community also received 16 pedigree bulls of Bonsmara and Tuli breeds under a similar programme.