JOHANNESBURG - Small scale farmers should start considering less conventional and lower-cost niches like rabbit breeding in the face of constraints and uncertainties contributing to barriers for entry into agriculture, an economist at First National Bank said on Monday.
Rabbit farming is less demanding, easy to maintain and requires less land and resources, while the animals grow and multiply very quickly, FNB Business agricultural economist Pertunia Setumo said.
She noted that it takes rabbits about 90 days to reach a production weight of 3.5kg, while the gestation period is just 31 days.
“For a small-scale unit of 150 does and 30 bucks, a start-up investment is estimated at R35,000. This would cover setup costs such as breeding stock, feed, labour and other variable and fixed inputs, for the first month," Setumo said.
"This excludes structures which require capital investment depending on the size of the operation and adhoc fixed costs."