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Supply of veterinary medicinal products to an emerging farming community in the North West Province of South Africa

G. Gehring, G.E. Swan, R.D. Sykes
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 73, No 4 | a584 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v73i4.584 | © 2002 G. Gehring, G.E. Swan, R.D. Sykes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 July 2002 | Published: 06 July 2002

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Abstract

A study was conducted in the Madikwe District of the North West Province to investigate the supply of veterinary medicinal products to small-scale, subsistence and emerging farmers. A combination of individual interviews, focus groups and direct observation was used to collect data. Stock remedies were made available to farmers within the district at Field Service Units that were managed by administrative staff of the Directorate of Field Services. The state veterinarian and animal health technicians were not directly involved with the sale of products. Most farmers still travelled to farmers' cooperatives in the larger centres outside the district to purchase the veterinary medicinal products they needed. Factors such as the quality of service provided, affordability and availability of required products as well as inaccessibility of outlets to all farmers contributed to the poor support of these outlets by the farmers of the district.

Keywords

Drug Regulation; Drug Supply; Emerging Livestock Farmers; Focus Groups; South Africa; Subsistence; Veterinary Medicinal Products

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