Rabbit Farming is a bit unusual amongst the black communities but for 19-year-old Thomani Nengovhela, it’s a passion.
The Tshivhulani born, in Vhembe District, Limpopo developed an interest in animal farming as early as his primary school days. He started with Doves and Guinea pigs.
As he grew up, Nengovhela wanted to explore something different and started a Rabbit collection during the Covid-19 lockdown. He currently only has 16 rabbits due to the demand and subsequent sales of the animal. A three-month-old rabbit would cost you R 150.
“I am only focusing on Rabbits now so I no longer have the other animals,” he told Limpopo Chronicle.
“I keep them as pets because I don’t eat them. But some people come and buy them when they want to eat or some also use them as pets.”
THOMANI NENGOVHELA WRITES A BOOK ON RABBIT FARMING
Nengovhela is on the verge of releasing a book to help with guidelines on rabbit farming.
“I am very passionate about rabbit farming,” he said. “I am planning a book that will be launched soon. I noticed that there is not too much information out there about rabbit farming.
“So I thought I should write a guide. It is still with the publishers but around September it will be out.” The book is titled “Keeping Rabbits with Nents”. [Nets represent his name and surname].
“In five years, rabbit farming is something that will be common amongst your black communities,” Nengovhela reckons.
Nengovhela also shares how he also uses rabbit urine as a fertilizer and pesticide. The urine apparently contains a high level of nitrates, phosphorus, and potassium, which are needed by the plant to grow.