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MBABANE – To avert the unfortunate scenario where hundreds of farmers helplessly watched their cattle die during the El Nino induced drought, farmers are already selling their cattle through public auction. 

Following predictions by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) weather experts that disaster might strike again, as the region is expected to receive normal to below-normal rainfall, for most of the period of October to December 2017 four auctions to dispose cattle have been conducted. 

The fourth cattle auction was conducted at Sithobela in the newly constructed cattle sale yard. 
This was the first auction conducted in the yard since its completion in July this year amounting to E138 000.
Besides Sithobela, other constituencies that are implementing the project include Lomahasha, Mpolonjeni, Lubulini, Matsanjeni and Somntongo.

The next auction will be held at Matsanjeni on October 26, 2017.
The project was funded by USAID/OFDA under the El Nino Agriculture and Food Security Project and implemented by World Vision Swaziland.
A total of E167 290 00 was generated after the sale of livestock to business people and farmers last week. The livestock included 30 cattle, 17 goats and 14 poultry.

The highest, among the Inguni- Brahman cross breeds, was bought for E6 400 and the lowest at E3 500. The highest goat was bought at E1200 and the lowest at E450 while the highest chicken was sold at E200 and the lowest at E60.
Besides facilitating auctions in this constituency, World Vision has provided hay bales, cattle feed to mitigate the drought and trainings that were done by officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, who trained farmers about how to conduct cattle auctions and how best to take care of their animals.


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