Almost 40 communal wool sheep farmers benefited from a three-day training course, presented by the National Woolgrowers’ Association (NWGA) and hosted by Rhodes University.

Members of the Masibambisane Project in Bomplaas Villiage, Macubeni in die Lady Frere district learned from visual presentations and practical demonstrations from five short courses on sheep handling and selection, basic sheep breeding, animal nutrition, animal health and sheep shearing management.

Rhodes University representatives Charles Chakuma, a PhD student, and Sisipho Myoyo were impressed with the teaching material and the practical demonstration conducted by NWGA production advisors, Zithulele Mbatsha and Sibusiso Ndwanya.

The Department for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform was represented by Nceba Ndlondlo, who manages the land use management section (Chris Hani district municipality). Ndlondlo expressed his satisfaction with the training farmers received.

Training in the communal areas forms a significant part of the execution of production advisory services, carried out by the NWGA. From the 2017/2018 annual report it was evident that 3 256 farmers were trained through 112 courses. The NWGA developed four wool sheep training courses and provided production advisors with the necessary material. – NWGA