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Subsistence livestock farmers should be understood of who they are, not what practitioners think they ought to be
A case of selected farmers in Alfred Nzo and Amathole District Municipalities of the Eastern Cape Province
2011
Lindikaya Myeki


  • 69 percent of South Africa’s land size is suitable for livestock (cattle, sheep and goats) production (McDermott et al, 2010).
  • Livestock is the largest agric sector it terms of its contribution to country’s GDP (excl subsistence farming).
  • Main market channels (DAFF, 2002);
  • Small scale farmers (serving informal markets) Vs Large commercial (servicing formal markets).
  • 45% marketed through informal markets vs. 55% through formal markets (Van Zyl et al, undated).
  • The area of concern in this study is informal markets.
  • Characterized by direct selling to consumers (DAFF, 2002).
  • Buying decision of cattle focuses on older oxen, bigger and fat.
  • Small-scale farmers largely serve the informal markets (Costales et al , 2007).

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