The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) Faculty of Agriculture and a consortium of Sanyati cattle farmers have combined their efforts in improving beef production in the Country. More than 50 farmers are set to directly benefit from the Community Based Research Project.
The project, Sanyati Beef Cattle Production and Research, a brainchild of ZOU Faculty of Agriculture, was launched on July 20, 2017 in Sanyati and will run under four phases with an estimated number of more than 100 cows involved in artificial insemination. The project will see ZOU equipping Sanyati cattle farmers with skills and the latest research based technologies in animal husbandry.
The project is spearheaded by the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Professor N. Ngongoni, Doctor Calvin Gomo and Mr. Chesterfield Vengesai.
The major highlights of the project
- breeding through artificial insemination,
- training on routine beef cattle management,
- research in cattle pen fattening using sorghum and maize
- use of indigenous herbs as replacements to conventional dipping chemicals.
Key benefits of the project to the Community
- Transition from subsistence to sustainable commercial farming through training
- Cost effective, locally available organic disease control solutions through research
- Enhanced productivity through artificial insemination
- Enhanced quality through cross breeding
ZOU is rolling out the project countrywide through its Regional Campuses. Communal and Commercial farmers interested in improving productivity, quality, profitability and sustainability of beef cattle farming may contact the project leader,
Professor N. Ngongoni on Landline (04) 793009, cell 0773879816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.