Goat Money – More Than A Curry Dish Or Mannish Water
Published: Sunday | December 21, 2014 0 Comments
Kenneth King, president of the Jamaica Goat and Sheep Farmers Association.
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Christopher Serju, Gleaner Writer
Jamaican goat farmers are losing millions of dollars in potential earnings because of their decision to rely mainly on the sale of the meat while ignoring other valuable items that they could supply to the domestic and international market.
“Goat, although one of the most expensive meats on the market in the United States, is the cheapest part on the animal because you have milk, just like oil, oozing out every day. From the milk they’re going to make cheese, cosmetics, yogurt, ice cream. So that’s a wide open market in Jamaica that a lot of people are trying to tap into just now, but the problem is we don’t have the milking goats yet,” declared Kenneth King, president of the Jamaica Goat and Sheep Farmers Association.
Addressing an open day hosted by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) at Grange Lane, Bernard Lodge, St Catherine, last Thursday, King noted that while some Jamaican craftsmen have been using the goat hide to make a wide range of items such as slippers, hats, hand- bags, purses and belts, the growing demand for goat milk as a key raw material in cheese and cosmetics is largely untapped.