The acquisition of a large hatching machine by the Kgora Farmers Training Center in Mahikeng is expected to significantly increase the poultry production capacity of this institution to twelve thousand (12,000) chicks per month. The machine is both a combined hatcher and setter. It can also hatch ducks, geese, quails and pigeons.
This is an upgrade as the hatchery the center previously used could only produce up to two thousand (2000) chicks per week and could not meet the high demand for chickens for food security projects .
The purchase of this equipment by the Department also responds to the request of Minister Thoko Didiza during her visit to the Center in February this year. During her meeting with MEC Desbo Mohono, the minister stressed the need for the center to hatch broilers as well, stating that there is a shortage of day-old broilers in the country.
Kgora first introduced basic hatchery management training to its roster of skills development courses last year. The objective of the course was to train budding poultry as well as experienced breeders to improve their results.
Farmers enrolling in this course will learn the practical aspects of hatchery management including the biology of producing and handling fertile eggs, incubator and hatcher environment, chick handling of a day and hatchery biosecurity.
In response to these developments, MEC Desbo Mohono said it was indeed an improvement and a step in the right direction. “We welcome this development and it means that we will now be able to produce more broilers. It also means that we will now increase the number of beneficiaries as the chickens we produce here are given to farmers in the province to be reared and others are given to different projects applicable under the departmental food security programs,” pointed out MEC Mohono.
Kgora is a state-owned agricultural training center based in Mahikeng and responsible for improving agricultural skills at all levels. It is accredited by the Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSETA), as a provider of education and training in the agricultural sector on animal and crop production. Upon successful completion of the courses, students are offered NQF 1-4 national certificates which are recognized by the South African Qualifications Authority under the SAQA Act of 1995.
Training at this center ranges from field trips, demonstrations and refreshers to credit-carrying unit standards to fill gaps in knowledge and skills on arable crops, livestock, agribusiness and aquaculture as well as organizational, commercial and financial management.
The Center can only accept a certain number of participants at a time, so it operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the public are advised to inquire with local agricultural offices about skills development courses offered at the Kgora Farmer Training Centre.
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