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Grant Assists Shafin To Raise 150 Heads Of Livestock

“I have never regretted leaving my job and getting into farming. I know what I am doing and the profit I am getting out of it,” he said. Seaqaqa farmer
17 Feb 2018 11:00
Grant Assists Shafin To Raise 150 Heads Of Livestock
Mohammed Shafin at his farm in Tikilo, Seaqaqa on February 14, 2018. Photo: Wait Talebula

“I have never regretted leaving my job and getting into farming. I know what I am doing and the profit I am getting out of it,” he said.

Seaqaqa farmer Mohammed Shafin never regretted his de­cision to venture into farming.

He is 24 and plans to expand his business in the near future.

He is one of the Northern Develop­ment Programme (NDP) grant re­cipients.

NDP is a government funded pro­gramme given to improve the liveli­hood of the people in the Northern division.

“I received my NDP grant in 2016 and have continued to improve my livestock farming. I have hired three labourers,” Mr Shafin said.

“Through the grant I bought solar electric fence, barb wires and nails. I received $9,816,50 and got a loan of $28,000 from a bank.”

Mr Shafin said with the help of solar electric fences, the risk of his livestock getting out of the fenced areas in his 95-acre farm was very low.

“Now I am raising 90 cattle, 40 goats and 20 sheep. I have never regretted leaving my job and getting into farm­ing. I know what I am doing and the profit I am getting out of it,” he said.

“I am enjoying myself as a young farmer because I am my own boss. The main challenge I face as a farm­er is when there is a drought.

“I attended the NDP workshop be­fore getting the grant. My farm is 95 acres of land and I plan to expand it in the future. I plan to increase my sheep production and start milking cows to sell.”

Mr Shafin’s parents were sup­portive when he decided to ven­ture into farming. He thanked the programme for their assistance through the grants.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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