Youth group eyes goat farming for members
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Bunut Youth Association (IKERAB) is hoping to produce goat farmers among its ranks as part of its programme to develop entrepreneurs.
IKERAB chairman Pg Wahab Pg Hj Ibrahim told The Brunei Times that they are planning to bring chosen members to an educational trip in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
During the educational exposure, they will be taught the proper methods in raising goats, he added. He said they will bring unemployed village youths to help them make a livelihood out of goat farming.
“You don’t see many youths becoming livestock farmers. It is an area that has a large potential for profit (so) what we are doing now is trying to open the youths’ minds to enter this line of business,” he said.
“We want to teach the youths in our village to be independent and learn to earn their own income. (We don’t want them) to be unemployed,” he added.
He said the association is looking at goat farming because goat meat is in high demand in Brunei, especially during religious events such Aidil Adha.
Pg Wahab stressed that starting goat raising needs only one buck (male goat) and five does (female goat). A doe can breed twice a year to produce four kids.
He said that the association is trying to garner interest among the members to establish a goat farm, adding the group will eventually ask help from authorities to help them start one.
“The types of goats that we are looking at are local goats that only need to be let loose and can feed on grass from the fields, therefore their meat will be organic and healthier,” he added.
The Brunei Times