Fi­nan­cial chal­lenge main hin­drance - Motsa

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ita­tions of what you have,” she adds.

The project is now es­ti­mated at half a mil­lion Emalan­geni, but she is de­ter­mined to ex­pand it as she says, “this is small scale” and not at the level she wishes it to be.

Her jour­ney to suc­cess is a les­son in per­se­ver­ance, dis­ci­plined man­age­ment and the value of on-go­ing ed­u­ca­tion. She was not un­fa­mil­iar with live­stock as she had grown up on a home­stead where her mother had reared pigs in the 70s but for such a project there was much to learn. Luck­ily for her RSSC also had pig­gery, where she in­creased her an­i­mal pro­duc­tion knowl­edge and fur­ther got mo­ti­va­tion to start her own. She also at­tends pig­gery work­shops with her farm work­ers and reg­u­larly con­sults and re­lies on ex­ten­sion work­ers from the min­istry of agri­cul­ture for tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance.

Even though her busi­ness looks to be thriv­ing Motsa says the ma­jor chal­lenge is fi­nances. She pointed out that the high costs of feeds and med­i­ca­tion neg­a­tively im­pacted on the prof­its that the busi­ness would be gen­er­at­ing.

She was how­ever quick to say this is not to scare aspir­ing farm­ers. “Feed con­sti­tutes 70 per cent of my to­tal i nput costs. This ex­cludes salaries, elec­tric­ity, pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and med­i­ca­tion.

So, for now, be­cause of the ex­pan­sion, I can say the prof­its are not im­pres­sive, but I am hope­fully that in time and in­creased num­bers they(prof­its) will im­prove, I am not dis­cour­ag­ing any­one by so say­ing,” she said.

She also stated that be­cause of lack of ad­e­quate fi­nances she has not been able to build the ideal waste dis­posal sys­tem that is en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly as she man­aged to build one worth E50 000, which she would like to im­prove.

An­other chal­lenge is the lack of a govern­ment abat­toir as she says the one that was in Manzini was closed yet pri­vate slaugh­ter­houses tend to be ex­pen­sive.

A side view of the pigsty and chicken sheds.

Some of the piglets in the pigsty.

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