Mohair production trends in Lesotho between 1935 and 1990

  • J.W. Ng'ambi
  • A. Belete

Abstract

An exponential regression equation of the form Y = Aebx was used to estimate trends and relationships in Angora goat numbers, mohair production and mohair yield per goat in Lesotho between 1935 and 1990. Angora goat numbers, mohair production and mohair yield per goat increased at annual rates of 1, 1.8 and 1.1%, respectively (P < 0.01), between 1935 and 1965. There is some indication that during this period growth in mohair production depended on annual growth in both goat numbers and mohair yield per goat (P < 0.01). During years of independence (1966 to 1990) annual goat numbers, mohair production and mohair yield per goat remained largely stagnant (P > 0.05). It is suggested that in future emphasis should be on increasing mohair production through improvement of mohair yield per goat.

UNISWA Jnl of Agric Vol 8 1999: pp 50-53
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