Agribusiness

OVERVIEW

Agribusiness sector focuses on financial sustainability through the development of commercially viable agricultural businesses. Agribusiness loans are made available to add value to the agriculture industry to improve food security and to address the challenges and unemployment among others.

Subsectors within Agribusiness

The Agribusiness sector entails but is not limited to the following subsectors:

  • Horticulture
  • Rain Fed Agriculture
  • Cattle Breeding
  • Small Stock
  • Poultry
  • Piggery

ANIMAL PRODUCTION

BEEF CATTLE PRODUCTION

Cattle breeding is the production of animals by breeding. Cattle are mostly raised as livestock for beef. The following are the requirements for animal production.

Requirements:

  • Minimum breeding stock for commercial farming of 100 cows
  • Minimum breeding for stud of 40 cows
  • Weaned production of 100 cows
  • Weaned finishing of 200 cows
  • A minimum distance of 6km between boreholes

SMALL STOCK

This is the production of goats and sheep for meat production.

Requirements:

  • Minimum breeding stocking rate of 200 goats/sheep.
  • Minimum land requirement is 2 hectares per goat/sheep per year.
  • Buck to doe ratio is 1:2

POULTRY

BROILER

Broiler is the type of chicken raised specifically for meat production. Poultry projects should meet the following conditions.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 10 000 birds per cycle.
  • An abattoir should meet the minimum standards as stipulated by the Livestock and Meat Industries Act.
  • Reliable and acceptable slaughter facilities must be provided for.
  • Reliable source of water and electricity.

LAYERS

Layers are chickens raised specifically for eggs production.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 5000 birds per cycle.
  • Reliable Source of water and electricity.

PIGGERY

Piggery is the production of pigs for meat.

Requirements:

  • There must an abattoir within the sub district otherwise an abattoir must be included as part of the budget.
  • An abattoir should meet the minimum standards as stipulated by the Livestock and Meat Industries Act.
  • Reliable source of water.

DAIRY FARMING

Dairy farming is the breeding of cattle for production and supply of milk.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 100 cows.
  • 20 hectare for fodder production per 100 cows.
  • The dairy farm should be 100 km on tarred road and 70 km on gravel from the market.
  • Electricity must be available.
  • 60 litres of water per cow per day, therefore a borehole yield of 5m3 per hour is required.
  • Milking parlour that meets the standard requirement for dairy production.

Feed-lot

 

Requirements:

  • Water yield of 15m3 per hour is required.

HORTICULTURE

This refers to the production of vegetables, fruits, flowers etc.

Requirements:

  • There must be developments on leased farms as determined by CEDA.
  • A minimum of 0.5 hectares must be a net shade subject to cropping plan.
  • A minimum size of (two) 2 hectares shall be considered as the most preferred scale where there is shortage of water.
  • An optimal size of (5) five to (10) ten hectares for places such as Limpopo and Chobe should be considered
  • A water yield of 4m3 per hour under net shade, 4.5m3 hour for hydroponic, open area 5 m3/hour for an open area.
  • High value crops are recommended.
  • Soil and water test report must be available.

RAIN FED AGRICULTURE (SEASONAL)

These are field crops that rely on rainfall. Examples are grains and fodder.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 150 hectares for rain fed projects at a fertiliser application of 2 bags of 50kg per hectare shall be a starting point.

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