RURAL BUSINESS SPEARHEADS ‘OPERATION VUSUMNOTFO’

RURAL BUSINESS SPEARHEADS ‘OPERATION VUSUMNOTFO’

Kusile Hatchery and Poultry Farms have proven that chickens have just lost their crown of being kings of the farm. It may sound fabricated but Kusile breeds, hatches, grows and supplies indigenous chickens, boschvelder (timphangele), broilers, layers, Malay game foul (Morris), Indian game chicken, Pekin ducks, turkeys, geese and even ostrich! And all of this is happening in our very own backyard at Eluvinjelweni, kaNcesi, just before the
Maguga Dam. Farmer-at-heart Bhekisisa Mamba founded this innovative venture in 2016 after suffering a loss of 10 000 cabbages to foul beasts that invaded his farm. In disappointment, Mamba could not even bear the thought of selling these hard-earned greens for less than a Lilangeni, for that is all they were worth; so he literally
turned the soil. He searched deep within himself for a possibility to diversify his operations and his thoughts parallel-parked at a chicken farm. Mamba found himself bombarded with over 100 eggs on a daily basis from 200 chickens, and since he could not sell them all in good time, he invested in a 2000-egg incubator. Kusile breeds all the aforementioned birds for commercial purposes and their markets range from the simple rural farmers, to restaurateurs and supermarkets on a contractual basis. This is the equivalent to getting a near-impossible
customised bird. But, at least we now know for sure that the chicken comes before the egg! This shimmers with innovation, determination and efficiency. To further the lifecycle of the bird, Kusile also supplies chicks that range from 1-day-, 1-week- or 2-week-olds. Again, these chicks can be any bird of your choice and chickens
are any time of the year, while the other poultry are seasonal. The age of the chicks is of paramount importance because the older ones are vaccinated before sale. As if it could not get better than it already is, Kusile provides hatching services for farmers who would bring eggs laid at home. This is where efficiency is most needed as each egg must be checked for freshness. Kusile also uses tech savvy systems, an application called Hatch A Batch that tracks the incubation stage of the eggs, which has been completely registered. “We usually encourage farmers to take the eggs away from the chickens as they lay others, to maintain freshness. If the chicken sits on the
egg for two days or more, and it is removed, it is considered spoilt and we cannot accept it, ” said Mamba. Making sure that their customers get their money’s worth, Kusile supplies fully-grown birds to the likes of hotels, supermarkets, restaurants and individuals. Not only are the birds sold live, but they are even plucked, cleaned
and ready for consumption. “We have three permanently employed workers and numerous seasonal employees who come and go as most of our contracts are usually huge orders,” said Mamba. Clad with experience under his belt, Mamba
continues to read on and offline about bettering his business. He also actively participates in agricultural courses that are relevant to his line of operation through Robinson Diccon for new knowledge. He credits the
efficiency of his business to research and technology. Mamba also prides himself of taking advantage of advertising opportunities and maintaining a constantly updated website and Facebook page. “Kusile works very closely with the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that we provide safe birds that are healthy for consumption. It is easier to monitor the health status of a bird if you know its history and the medications it has been exposed to, thus improving our products,” he said. It seems hatching vultures is Kusile’s only limit at this point!

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