Africa: The Agribusiness Development Agency – KZN Board of Trustees, together with the Executive Committee, visited two ADA-funded projects, which are Copper Sunset and River Valley Farm. These projects are both located in Umshwathi Local Municipality under uMgungundlovu District.
Copper Sunset is a 100% black woman owned goat farming enterprise by Mrs Gugu Mthembu. The farm has been operating on a small scale as a goat breeding farm that housed 150 indigenous goats and 300 Boer goats, with four breeding and feeding houses.
Copper Sunset has set its objectives on changing the narrative about goat meat by becoming a key player in the goat production industry.
“Before I started this project, I made sure to conduct thorough research by reading up on goat farming, where I found that goats have health benefits. I also visited goat farms in other provinces to see how they do things and what I can do differently from them to ensure a longer life span of the goats and sustainability of the project,” said Mthembu.
Copper Sunset breeds goats that are of quality and has aspirations of becoming a Skills Development Centre for goat production in the near future.
The ADA has assisted the project with funding for a goat shed structure, steel side cladding, solar system, electric fencing, storm water system, roll up curtains, roller shutter doors, security system, pens, dividers, feeds, slated doors, canopy for handling facility as well as cleaning equipment.