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    Zaka businesswoman leaves for Netherlands road-runner training

    Nkulumani Mlambo

    ZAKA – A prominent Zaka farmer and businesswoman, Sarah Munemo has been selected among 19 other Zimbabweans who are leaving the country for The Netherlands today for specialised training in keeping road-runner chickens.
    The group will be in that country from February 12 to February 23, 2016.
    The Netherlands training programme will see her being equipped with the latest technology on rearing road runner chickens. She will also be able to network with organisations that can empower her.
    The programme is being sponsored by the Netherlands Embassy in Harare. The Netherlands has some of the best technology in chicken farming in the World.
    "In The Netherlands we are also going to learn how to put up a complete value addition factory, from eggs, chicks, laying of eggs and slaughtering chickens for sale," said Munemo who also runs a hotel and a college at Jerera Growth Point In Zaka.
    Munemo is the only one in the group who is from the rural areas with the rest coming from Kwekwe, Harare and Bulawayo. They were all selected because of their projects in rearing road runners.
    Munemo runs Safra Investments which is into hatching road runners in Zaka and intensively involves the community.
    Road runner chicken business has taken Zimbabwe by storm due to health consciousness among citizens.
    Munemo who runs a horde of other companies has taken the business seriously by establishing a strong base for the supply of eggs and chicks.       
    She sells day old road runner chicks to the community who rear them and sell back the eggs to Safra for hatching. The project started in 2014.
    "This process will continue until we reach our target of 15 000 birds and then we will start selling the chickens for meat at restaurants and hotels, at the moment we are selling eggs to the whole province of Masvingo and we are overwhelmed by demand," said Munemo in an interview with The Mirror.
    The villagers first receive training from Munemo on how to look after the chicks and then they receive a consignment commensurate with their capacity.
    "We have over 1000 birds at the hatchery and our target is 3000 in next three months and 15 000 in three years then we will start selling live and slaughtered birds to supermarkets, food outlets and hotels on commercial basis," said Munemo. business
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