Thanks to population growth, urbanization and changing consumption patterns resulting from an expanding middle class, consumption levels are projected to grow significantly, which will intensify the demand for meat.
In the Programme target area, sheep and goats (“shoats”) are fattened and kept for meat and milk for home consumption and sale. The average number of sheep kept per farm household per year is about nine, while about 11 goats are kept on average.
The main constraints identified in all segments of the small ruminant value chain are increasing feed prices, knowledge gaps in assuring the proper feed mix, limited access to improved breeds, shortage of medical supplies and ineffective animal health service provision, poor linkage to buyers, and poor coordination among the value chain actors.
Read about AgroBIG interventions in the small ruminant value chain:
Links to News pieces:
- How AgroBIG loan support boosts a young woman’s sheep fattening business here.