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Zeszyt 1 (47) 2018 , DOI: 10.17306/J.JARD.2018.00338

Cuthbert Majoni, Deliwe Tembachako, Anyway Katanha

APPRAISING THE VIABILITY OF QUAIL (CHIHUTA) FARMING. PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES. A CASE OF BINDURA URBAN FARMERS IN ZIMBABWE

Abstract:

Quail production refers to the rearing of birds, meticulously
chosen with the use of comparatively exhaustive systems,
for meat, eggs or other purposes. The study was carried
out in Bindura urban area to evaluate the viability of urban quail
farming. A total of 40 urban quail farmers selected through
snowball sampling, and 10 key randomly selected informants
were interviewed. Semi-structured interview guides were used,
addressing such topics as history, ownership, management,
opportunities, challenges and business records of urban quail
farming in Bindura town, Zimbabwe. A descriptive analysis
of data was performed. As shown by the results, the rearing of
quails is a new agricultural business in the history of Zimbabwe.
The main challenges highlighted by urban quail farmers
included inadequate housing facilities, insufficient space, theft,
predation, inadequate knowledge, fluctuations in market prices,
inability to access credit and misconceptions in urban agriculture
policies. Despite the challenges cited above, urban quail
farmers manage to provide eggs and meat to their families and
relatives. Urban quail farming proved to have the potential to
boost family income and reduce poverty to some extent. Also,
it provides an opportunity for academic research on the alleged
medicinal properties of quails. The study concluded that urban
quail farming plays an important, yet unexplored, role for the
livelihoods of the urban population. The study recommends
policy changes that address the following issues: new developments
in urban agricultural planning; awareness and education
campaigns for various stakeholders; monitoring and coordinating
urban agricultural activities; and provision of loans and
other credit facilities. The study also proposes the government
to support quail farmers through the establishment of processing
facilities for quail products.

Słowa kluczowe: urban agriculture, quail, livelihoods, poverty

PDF in angielskim Publikacja w języku angielskim w formacie Adobe Acrobat:
www.jard.edu.pl/tom47/zeszyt1/art_6.pdf
http://dx.doi.org/10.17306/J.JARD.2018.00338
Zapis do cytowania:

MLA Majoni, Cuthbert, et al. "APPRAISING THE VIABILITY OF QUAIL (CHIHUTA) FARMING. PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES. A CASE OF BINDURA URBAN FARMERS IN ZIMBABWE." J. Agribus. Rural Dev. 47.1 (2018): 49-55.
APA Cuthbert Majoni, Deliwe Tembachako, Anyway Katanha (2018). APPRAISING THE VIABILITY OF QUAIL (CHIHUTA) FARMING. PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES. A CASE OF BINDURA URBAN FARMERS IN ZIMBABWE. J. Agribus. Rural Dev. 47 (1), 49-55
ISO 690 MAJONI, Cuthbert, TEMBACHAKO, Deliwe, KATANHA, Anyway. APPRAISING THE VIABILITY OF QUAIL (CHIHUTA) FARMING. PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES. A CASE OF BINDURA URBAN FARMERS IN ZIMBABWE. J. Agribus. Rural Dev., 2018, 47.1: 49-55.
Adres do korespondencji:
MSc Anyway Katanha, Zimbabwe Open University Mashonaland Central Regional Campus. 209 Hay Road, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Email do korespondencji:
akatanhaa@gmail.com

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