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Dumo Ngwenya

Meet Dumo - An enthusiastic cattle farmer which benfits from our cattle fattening initiative in Zimbabwe

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Meet Dumo – a beneficiary of the Agricultural Value Chain project funded by BESTSELLER FOUNDATION in Zimbabwe. Dumo Ngwenya is a young man of 29, based in the rural area of ’Lake Alice’, in Lupane District.

His land is dry and and the nature of the soil means that his crops rarely bring him any noteworthy income. To illustrate his - and other farmers’ - dire economic situation, very few children in the area attend secondary schools due to the high ’school fees’ of $50 USD per term.

Crucial market linkages
At a recent ’Access to Market’ symposium launched by BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s implementing partners DanChurchAid and Christian Care, Dumo and his fellow villagers were introduced to a new cattle business opportunity that could give them a solid income. 

If the farmers can deliver minimum 25 healthy and fat cattle for slaughtering every season, the butchery 'Heads & Hooves' will come and buy cattle in bulk directly from the farmers in their area.

 I realised that we have a responsibility for our children to give them a brighter future. So I decided to come together with other farmers in a group to source money for an activity that can generate substantial income. Thats when I embarked on cattle fattening! 

Upon securing a fixed contract with the big slaughtering agent, Dumo and his friends were then granted loans through the agri-finance institution 'Quest' to buy cattle and fodder – so they could start their cattle ’fattening’ process. 

By fattening the cattle, they can later sell them to the slaughter house at a considerably higher price.

Dumo will keep his 13 cattle in a specially designed feeding enclosure for 45 days before selling them. In the 45 days each will consume 450 kgs of fodder and are expected to gain 100-150 kg.  The increased weight will bring bring Dumo a considerable profit when they are sold.

Boosting income
When the fattening is completed, the slaugher agent will come and buy the ’fattened’ cattle directly from Dumo and the other farmers. By selling in bulk and directly to the butchery, Dumo and the other farmers avoid the expensive middlemen and the transport costs.

The farmers expect to sell each ’fattened’ cattle at $650 USD
- A price which gives them a net profit of approximately $200 USD per head of cattle (based on initial purchasing costs of $350 USD + $110 spent on fodder).

Upon selling the cattle Dumo and his friends will start repaying the loans for the cattle and fodder to ’Quest’