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Rabbit rearing youths call for government support. BY REGIS CHINGAWO

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Some youths who are into rabbit rearing projects in Masvingo province are calling on government to give them some financial support so that they can be able to earn a living from this project. Some youths to Hevoi FM News that that they are also facing a challenge of adequate operating space. Said a youth who is into rabbit rearing project in Victoria Ranch suburb,in Masvingo, Effort Masiya: “We are appealing to government to give us some financial support in form of loans so that we can stay afloat.Currently we are failing to realize any meaningful benefits from this lucrative project as we do not have some finance or capital.” Other youths told Hevoi FM News that they do not have enough operating space. “Right now we are rearing rabbits in residential areas in the city which is not conducive.We are therefore appealing to government to assist with bigger operation space such as land,”said the youths. Construction of Zimbabwe’s first export certified rabbit abattoir was completed last year, thrusting rabbit meat firmly on to the country’s white meat sub-sector, which was until recently, mainly a preserve of pork, chicken and fish. The abattoir, which is one of the biggest rabbit meat processing facilities in the whole of Africa, has an installed capacity of between 2,5 tonnes and 3,5 tonnes of rabbit meat per day shift. It is wholly-owned by Raymeg Consultants Private Limited, a corporate member of the Zimbabwe Commercial Rabbit Breeders Association (ZICORBA).

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