The SAT initiative aims to benefit goat farming
This program is launched with the aim of helping farmers and herders in the Morogoro region to have enough food and meat for home consumption as well as for local trade.
SAT, which is a non-profit agricultural organization based in Tanzania, has the overall vision to ensure that the majority of farmers use proven agroecological methods to improve their livelihoods, conserve the environment and reduce pressure on natural resources.
According to Janet Maro, Executive Director of SAT, the program is implemented in the Morogoro region and has been seen to be understood by smallholder farmers. The project is implemented by SAT in collaboration with ECHO under BOTHAR funding.
She said that in May 2021, the SAT team visited one of the beneficiary women – Doris Yohana in the Uluguru mountains who is engaged in goat herding.
The team was following up on a dairy goat project where they started collaborating with Echo and Bothar for farmer training. The first 23 goats were then distributed among farmers in the region as well as the other four areas of the Uluguru, Morogoro mountains (Ruvuma, Tulo, Kisosa, Choma).
Doris explained, exhausted, her sick baby goat. The team diagnosed him with ORF, a common viral infection in animals in Tanzania that manifests as sores and scabs around the muzzle and mouth.
The team veterinarian immediately treated the kid with a biological treatment because it was easy to identify and curable. The baby goat’s mouth was thoroughly washed with warm salt water for three consecutive days and cured.
She said the end goal of the project is to increase the number of goats owned by each farmer, and therefore provide greater financial security.
This was attempted by distributing female goats to 19 families initially, while keeping one goat in each area. After the goat gives birth to six babies, three of them are given to other farming families, who had not received a goat before.
“Thanks to the continuous efforts of farmers and facilitators, 30 farmers have benefited from the project so far. In doing so, the project has strengthened the farming communities and their solidarity,” said Maro.