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Occupations Food Production Market Small Business Building Other Occupations


Goat are able to browse on very rough and mixed foods. However they can be very destructive as they tend to eat out chenaas (vegetable gardens), small trees  and paddy fields given the chance. They do however provide milk and meat. The meat is especially popular amongst Moslem Sri Lankans (Buddhists and Hindus are often vegetarian or only eat fish).

This family who live on the outskirts of Hambantota Town, have a small goat herd and milk them as well as supplying meat to the local Moslem families in the Hambantota Town area. The mother took a small loan from her local Janashakthi Bank to start up this small business. (See Section on Janashakthi Bank.)