August 20, 2016

Farmers in Salin adopt goat farming to boost incomes

A farmer drives cattle to graze in Salin. Photo: Kyaw Swa
A farmer drives cattle to graze in Salin. Photo: Kyaw Swa

FARMERS in Salin Township, in Myanmar’s central dry zone, have taken up goat farming to supplement their incomes from agribusiness.
“Many breeds of goat are suitable for the region. It is a profitable business for farmers, as the township has a large area of vacant and uncultivated land,” one farmer said. Eight types of goat can be bred in the region. However, most of the farmers prefer the Htainsan breed, which is known for its black head and white body and for its ability to handle hot weather. Females give birth twice a year and can give birth to two offspring at a time. The goats eat grass and leaves that grow naturally in the area, which reduces farmers’ food expenses. However, some farmers cultivate a non-native grasses to help their animals gain weight, according to breeder Daw Khin Than Nwe.
Every house in the township has bred at least five goats, said Daw Khin Than New, who owns 50 goats and has plans to expand her goat farm.
The natural life expectancy for a goat is around six years.
Breeders in the region normally sell one-year-old goats and goat faeces as fertiliser. China and Thailand are the main buyers of Myanmar goats, buffalos and cows.
“Because they are susceptible to certain diseases, exported goats need to receive regular vaccinations,” said Dr Chaw Su Thwe.


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