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    Road-runner farmer raring to go after Netherlands trip




    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    ZAKA
    - Prominent Zaka businesswoman who has just returned from a business trip in the Netherlands where she had gone to have a practical appreciation on how to run poultry business on commercial basis says she is ready to start the project on a bigger scale.
    Sarah Munemo who spent 12 days in the European country furthering her knowledge in the poultry industry together with 19 other Zimbabweans from Harare, Kwekwe and Gweru said the trip was an eye opener and she is not looking back.
    "The trip to the Netherlands was an eye opener and I am now ready to set up the whole poultry chain from hatchery, selling of day old chicks, rearing of chickens, separation of eggs (table eggs, fertile eggs and egg powder which is used as a baseline for almost all dairy products) and slaughtering of the off-layers after one year and six months", said Munemo during an interview with The Mirror soon after touching down from Netherlands.
    She added that her main thrust would be to involve the whole community in the rearing of the road runner chickens and provide a hatchery where eggs will be sorted into those fertilised, for immediate consumption and those for egg powder used by dairy products manufacturers.
    Plans are at an advanced stage to purchase a standard hatchery machine from south Africa where Mova (based in The Netherlands) has an agent called Movasa which suppliers the African region with hatcheries.
    Munemo said the knowledge that she acquired during her trip to The Netherlands was enough for her to take off on commercial basis.
    "We visited companies that are into serious poultry business and others that are involved in the manufacture of poultry processing machines like VDL which specialises in the construction of poultry feeding houses and Foodmate which is into slaughtering of birds and defeathering which is done by a machine," said Munemo.
    She also said for her vision of helping the community to come to fruition there is need for commitment from all the stakeholders.
    "For this project to be successful the local authority must play its role by providing land for setting up a hatchery for 150 000 birds, Zesa must ensure uninterrupted electricity supply and ZINWA must also provide water in bulk at affordable rates as poultry production is big business which can contribute immensely to the country's GDP if all the necessary support is provided," added Munemo.
    During their visit to the European country they paid a courtesy call to Zimbabwean Ambassador to the Netherlands Ambassador Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba and the Royal Dutch family. They also went to Belgium where some companies involved in the poultry business are located. local news
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