International Journal of Advanced Educational Research

International Journal of Advanced Educational Research


International Journal of Advanced Educational Research
International Journal of Advanced Educational Research
Vol. 1, Issue 5 (2016)

Challenges and opportunities associated with the current livestock marketing trends in Zimbabwe’s marginalized rural communities, with particular reference to one of the country’s most impoverished districts of Binga in Matabeleland North Region


Chisango Future Fortune T

The study sought to examine the challenges and opportunities associated with the current livestock marketing trends in Zimbabwe’s marginalized rural communities, with particular reference to one of the country’s most impoverished districts of Binga in Matabeleland North Region. Central to the study was to assess the potential of livestock in unlocking Zimbabwe’s rural economies by means of promoting sustainable livestock productivity through improved management practices and availing of reliable and viable markets for the communal smallholder livestock producers. To achieve this, a sample of 60, inclusive of participants drawn from local farmers, officers from departments such as Agritex agriculture research and extension services and L.P.D. (Livestock Production Department) alongside those from NGOs Non-Governmental organizations operating in the area was randomly drawn from the population of the two villages; Pashu and Tinde comprising 600 inhabitants. Self-administered questionnaires and face to face personal interviews were used to generate data for the study. Data obtained were subjected to descriptive statistics where frequency counts and means were used for purposes of presenting findings. A gross margin analysis was also adopted to evaluate the profitability of livestock production in such arid regions and establish the comparative advantage of the venture in environments compounded with numerous challenges. The irrefutable findings of the study revealed that lack of proper livestock management and marketing skills, economically viable herd and flock sizes and poor access to rewarding markets are a major setback constraining livestock productivity in Zimbabwe’s marginalized rural communities. The study, therefore, recommended that government and other stakeholders should provide adequate technical and institutional support to effect robust positive developments on the country’s smallholder livestock industry, for the business to recover and reclaim the lost pride and be counted as one of the country’s most lucrative undertaking.
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Chisango Future Fortune T. Challenges and opportunities associated with the current livestock marketing trends in Zimbabwe’s marginalized rural communities, with particular reference to one of the country’s most impoverished districts of Binga in Matabeleland North Region. International Journal of Advanced Educational Research, Volume 1, Issue 5, 2016, Pages 10-14
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