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Farmer urges government to train, empower women in goat farming

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A 45-year-old farmer, Habiba Saleh, on Friday called on government to train and empower women in goat farming as a business to boost the country’s economy and improve meat production.

Saleh, a mother of five and a resident of Unguwan Sarki area of Kaduna, made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Kaduna.

She said that most women rearing goats at home were doing so for personal uses and they had little or no knowledge of modern agriculture which had been a setback in commercialising goat farming.

Habiba said that she started goat farming at a young age because her parents were also rearing goats at home.

“I attended only primary school, but I have passion for animals; that is why I decided to venture into goat farming as a business.

“I started with one goat at home after a year it gave birth to two kids two times in a year and I was happy; anytime I am in need of money, I sell a goat and use the money,’’ she said.

Saleh mentioned that she sold a matured goat between N20,000 to N25,000, depending on the size, adding that the market for goats was readily available as many Nigerians consume goat meat.

While pleading with government for more support, Saleh commended the National Directorate for Employment (NDE) for giving out soft loans to women who were into small-scale enterprises.

She said that she was part of the beneficiaries of N25,000 loan in 2019 part of which she used to buy more foods and medical items for her goats.

“I gained a lot from the business and want my fellow women to take goat farming seriously.

“It is a lucrative business, but one needs to be patient to reap the benefits of the business,’’ she said.

Edited by: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Tajudeen Atitebi

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