Chivi Rural District Council (RDC) chairperson, Godfrey Mukungunugwa last week donated molasses to villagers of Ward 6 to help sustain the district’s herd of cattle this dry season.
Mukungunugwa mobilised the molasses in partnership with the Commercial Sugarcane Farmers Association of Zimbabwe (CSFAZ) chairperson Admore Hwarare.
In his remarks, Hwarare said the programme was meant to make sure that livestock in the district will not die due to lack of feed.
“As an association of commercial sugarcane farmers, we have agreed to supply the whole province with molasses so this programme does not end here. We are doing this for free for the first and second rounds after which farmers who are interested will buy the molasses,” said Hwarare.
In his own remarks Mukungungugwa said molasses could help farmers build bigger herds and better breeds as the supplement is rich in nutrients that are critical for animal health.
“Our aim is to help Chivi’s animal husbandry sector to grow and be able to contribute more in the sustenance of families. People with knowledge of climate have already predicted a dryer 2019, and given that this district receives below normal rainfall on average, it is wise to look for supplementary feeds. We don’t want our farmers to suffer heavy losses simply because there is less rainfall than we want,” said Mukungunugwa.
He said cattle was an important resource for rural people as families are sending children to school through money raised through cattle sales.
Several villagers brought containers of varying sizes to receive the molasses for their cattle, with many of them saying they did not have money to buy the feed for themselves.
“We thank our ward councillor and council chairperson for mobilising this resource for us. We know the importance of molasses especially in the dry season. Our cattle are thin and we hope they will soon recover,” said one villager.
Molasses improves animal appetite and can be mixed with even dry grass and maize stalks to make them tastier for cattle.