With a 17 doe-unit, Lizzy was selected to be one of the 1000 anchor farmers in the 12 districts where the Value Chain Alliance for Livestock Grading and Empowerment (VALUE) project is being implemented. The anchor farmers will be trained to cascade support to an approximately 9000 small and medium holder farmers.
Operations of small and medium scale farmers have been impeded by a number of challenges that the project seeks to address.
“Some of the challenges we have been facing as goat farmers include accessing viable markets, lack of superior breeds, lack of coordination of small and medium scale farmers and lack of access to agro-financing,” added Lizzy.
Lizzy said that she was attracted to the project after learning of how the VALUE project sought to promote collective action by organising farmers into Goat Producers Business Associations (GPBAs). The GPBAs will drive the commercialisation efforts of the goat farmers in the various districts through the Goat Improvement Centres which the project will establish.
She added that the establishment of Goat Improvement Centres and the promotion of collective action was timely and appropriate to commercialise while addressing challenges that have bedevilled the goat farmers over a prolonged period. Farmers like Lizzy can apply for Smart Subsidies under the project to upscale their production through breed improvement and infrastructure development.