Dr. (Mrs) Brylyne Chitsunge
The Vice- Chancellor, Prof Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has described the facilitator and breeder of the Kalahari Red goats, Dr. (Mrs.) Brylyne Chitsunge, as a true African daughter, who is “passionate about whatever she believes in”.
Prof. Balogun stated this at the formal hand-over of the goats to the University Management, last Saturday, at the University Farm.
The Vice-Chancellor commended Dr. Chitsunge for her efforts in making the dream of the Kalahari Reds Project a reality by leaving the comfort of her home in South Africa to personally ensure the delivery of the goats, in UNAAB.
Professor Balogun also appreciated the South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, for his encouragement and catalyzing the project. “I am inspired by the kind of motivation and empowerment he gives to farmers in South Africa”, he added.
The Vice-Chancellor also appreciated the efforts of all University community members for their individual and corporate contributions to the success of the project.
Responding, an excited Dr. Chitsunge described the Goat Project, as a dream come true, observing that it will “clearly set out the achievement footprints of the Vice-Chancellor, not only in the University, but across continents”.
According to Dr. Chitsunge, many countries had been expressing interest in the goats and that she had been referring them to link up UNAAB. She said, “the Sudanese government said they would require about a million goats for export and I asked them to contact UNAAB”.
Earlier in a chat, Dr. Chitsunge gave insight into the attributes of the Kalahari goat saying that “they are disease resistant with more weight and very meaty” with an assurance that the goats would adapt well as they are “highly domesticated and good shrub eaters”.
Dr. (Mrs.) Brylyne Chitsunge said the breed reproduces twice in a year and as such, the University should be ready to accommodate the explosion in population of the goats, even within the next six months.