Perceived training needs among livestock farmers in the North Eastern Region of the Eastern Cape Province: A case of Ugie commonage

Author: S. Mthi, T. Thubela, N. Mgujulwa, F. Rumosa-Gwaze, N. Jokani, T. Ntsabo, A. Mfono & S. Tokozwayo
Year: 2023
Issue: 1
Volume: 16
Page: 1 - 6

The present study aimed to assess the training needs of livestock farmers who farm in a commonage in Ugie which falls under North Eastern Region of Elundini Local Municipality, Eastern Cape. A well-structured interview schedule was used to obtain information from 44 respondents. Data were collected on socio-economic characteristics of the respondents, their livestock production enterprises and their training needs, which were ascertained in six major areas of cattle production. Data were captured on Microsoft Excel and analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Science to generate descriptive statistics. Results showed that there were more males (59.1%) participants than females (40.9%) and the majority were above 50 years of age, 50% had primary education and came from a household size ranging from 1-10 people. The respondents perceived high need of training in animal healthcare (67.6%) at first place followed by feeding (38.7%), marketing (38.2%), general management and breeding contributing 35.7% and 19.4%, respectively. The study indicated that regular training programs in designated topic areas are urgently needed to close the knowledge gap among farmers.Mthi, 2023 Vol 16 (1)

Keywords: Agricultural sector, commonage, Farmers, Livestock, North East, training needs
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