According to Trade Map, the global demand for goat meat has increased by 125% in the past 10 years from $151 million in 2006 to $342 million this year.
A spokesman said: “The continued soaring global demand for goat meat presents an opportunity to Zimbabwe’s goat producers. Training on best-practice animal husbandry rearing can contribute towards increased production. There is also the need for assistance in the establishment of proper infrastructure handling and slaughtering and advanced technological equipment in the relevant farming communities.
“The establishment of goat-breeding consortiums could afford producers access to improved services, such as integrated slaughtering, as well as marketing systems to facilitate exports.”
To aid this growth, ZimTrade will host an Export Awareness Seminar for Matebeleland South goat meat producers next month, aimed at nurturing small to medium-scale enterprises into viable export entities.
Packaging and branding, food healthy and safety standards as well market analysis tools will be addressed at the seminar.