Financial challenge main hindrance - Motsa
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.