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Antelope farming, a money-spinner -Dnebunne


EARING IolllelUI)e ma)' 0 01 a ppear lIS clan)' u maoufac-

has b«n nwic a\'ailable 10 tnlTeprcneun through

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lhe finandal sen ica Relor. bur II holm 10 lot or promise. M llllY Nigcmns heading for .he urba n af"65 Yiould make money if lMy join Ibelill le gro up of enlrepnneun (nVH IiDg La a nlelope breeding. Antelope fanning IS becommg lucnuvc and popubr like piggay III the II has expcnenced

nallonwlde senunars and ....1lI'bhopi:. Oncbunne helps people 10 seI up grasscuttCf, snail, fish and an tdope farms He also sells (:u;tgrowmg species of amelope and grasscullers brccdmg r~

1bc:n: IS • huge market for these. For e:xampk, antelope bcccthng suxk IS in lugh demand by m::rt:3.1l00 centres, ZOOS, rcseardt institutes, game reserves, holiday resortS. Many bouseholds and rcst"'1I'Ull1J serve WIle-


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Managing of JoVll.lllll Farms,

lop< IS"""". Onobunn< this an advanlage for"'" tus colk:agues as Nigenans are kloIong for the del)CKIUS and IaSty bush meat. Happily, !he business does 001: teqUUl: much 10 stan. With about NlOO,OOO, one C3fI ktck-swt WIth one: fanuIy of antelope calIod a pau nus compnses one male and one female. They are reared Ln pen or frcc..r.ange system. l ie adVised nI:W Clltt'Wl1S 10 buy them at the bree:(ling S!ock stage, thaI is when they between SIX and seven

Annzc: Onebunne, an income-generating busl0CS!ii for )"OUJIg (WlIlCS and that 11 is noc dtflkult 10



IUllelope: ~ 15

calef for the iUlUIlII..Is. What ooe needs IS fresh green grass 10 feed Ihem dally nus 15 followcd by gnuns and kw=aIly fonnulaled pdleu.

Onobunn< """" """"" fanrung many ~ ago. lIlee Ihen, he has grown me busmess to gcnc:rate healthy profiL Ihs success lunged on technical SlnJIegICS, somd YCtcnnary and ulIl1lIIl bUibandry research and the usc of IS

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III !Ius stage and ltv them for sa months., they WIU 5laI1 uvuIg bablCS at 12 months and you CUI SWt making profit," he saKl An telope belongs to the:

alTonbble prodUCtlOQ methods thai are swled 10 small-scale produccn. 11>< "''''''''''''

family of BoVldae and

appears mamJy In Afhca. TIle)' occupy I WIde vanc:l)' of habitats, mcludtng dry iCrubhmd, Slvannah and grussland The: gm;sland wlIelope IypK:llly weighs up 10 8-IOkg. They have I reddISh-brown head, large: eyes and cars, and a soft, brown coot that is gmzIcd With grey, black and wlute ban. The eyes are ringed WIth wtute: h:ws. Only the males have: horns. but these: might

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males and an d .. ,gated,

simple. It does not I"CIQUU'e sopbl>lK:lted c:qwpmcol as Ul other livestock bustness.. All that the IlDlelope rcqUtre5 IS a Simple shc:1~ thaI protects It from alVl-

ronmc:ruaI ho.mrds such as exuane told and heat, .sun and nunfall. Onc:bunnc works Wllh mlCtCSlOd fannc:n and Jl1O'" vxIe Ihem With tnform:tuon on how 10 brc:c:d BnlekJpe profitably. lie also sells breeding pair of one male: and one female antc:lopc bR:edc:rs 10 intcndmg farm.

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In the wild, they feed mamly 00 leavcs, buds, shoots, row. tubers. grasses, fnuts, eac. But III domesUC8tM)n. they are hand fod wllh foruge. wide nmge of fresh green vegetable: and pasture., ~ green gJUSS. cabbage. carrots, kuchen CIllpS. con JruU waste and locally formulaltd IUltelopc pellets. The first challenge: Oncbunne faced was the: management of breeding and adVlSCd thai people get proper IJaining befM: ,-enloong mto the btuiOCU. Today, apan from breedmg. he also provides compe.-

hc:nsivc: tminmg. I-Ie: said among the basic for the brec:dmg ue unit, which Ii

ofIspnng pa yar. Antelope fannmg if approached With the right infonnatJOll and knowledge 1\\'0

is a viable: oommen:aa1lC1ivity, Add thl5 to the: fact thai the Food and Agriculture Organiutlon m a recent study obscrvc:d that over 950 million people are: starving everyday lbe stluation affords the proipeClive invc:sror the opportUlUty of raising f'rc:3.h wlldope: meal for local and international



Onc:bunne oovlSCd g0vernments 10 crelte an enabling c:nvirorunc:nt for the busin=. " I discovcnd that the govc:mmetU 15 only paymg IJp

sc:Mcc 10 youth empowerlIx:nl In some iIllteS, whal the governors do 115 I way of alleviating pIWa1)' is 10 buy moton:ydes, tncyc:lcs and wbcc:lbarm for people. The roadi arc filled WIth ab&e-bodicd young I1lQl thai

sbouk1 be engaged in fann· ing. It 15 Ul a bid 10 empower our youths, widows, retmx:s wxI the wle:mployed that I cmbBdr:td on the nauonWide SCII$iIIZ1lllOD

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Antelope farming, a money-spinner -Onebunne