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Northern Cape women trained in ostrich hatching

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The Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has provided training for 15 young women from the Seed of Life organisation on ostrich hatching in Warrenton.

EMPOWERED: Fifteen women from Warrenton were recently trained in ostrich hatching. Picture: Supplied

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has provided training for 15 young women from the Seed of Life organisation on ostrich hatching in Warrenton.

Department spokesperson, Phemelo Manankong, said yesterday that the purpose of the training was to equip Seed of Life members with training regarding ostrich farming as well as to provide them with a thorough understanding of these birds.

“Seed of Life in Warrenton is a group of young women who ventured into agriculture with the aim of establishing an ostrich hatchery in the area,” Manankong said.

He added that their future plans included hatching ostrich eggs and supplying ostrich projects in the Province and country with day-old chicks. “They also hope to create sustainable jobs.”

Manankong explained that ostriches do not lay eggs throughout the year like chickens.

“They have a specific breeding season that starts in June/July every year. The birds will lay one egg every second day. Once they have laid enough eggs to cover with their bodies they will start incubating them. The incubation period takes 42 days before the chicks hatch out.”

The week-long training was conducted by the Klein Karoo Skills Academy from Oudtshoorn and the farmers are expected to visit Oudtshoorn in June do to their practical sessions.