Goat producers cooperatives have been working behind the scenes to improve pre-festival marketing and sales systems on the national level.
The overall health and the weight of animals are improving in Nepal.
Producers have been able to protect their incomes despite challenges.
The two-month festival season during October and November is prime time for goat farmers in Nepal as many goat producers earn up to 50% of their annual income during a typical festival season. But while demand for local goats in our South Asian nation has been growing steadily, this year has been far from typical. Buyers who have lost their jobs or seen their incomes decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic no longer have the money to spend on festive preparations like they normally would.