By Mwewa Shamatutu Mwansa
13th September 2019
Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Professor NKANDU LUO has bemoaned the inadequate staffing levels in the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock citing it as one of the causes for the outbreak and fast spreading of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the country.
Professor LUO said the ratio of extension workers against the livestock population leaves much to be desired as the current staffing levels are way beyond the required number.
Professor LUO said this has made it difficult for the staff to work accordingly as they are overwhelmed with the demand placed on them from the sector.
She, however, expressed fear that the delay in containing the spread of FMD will eventually result in it becoming endemic hence the urgent need to employ more staff as soon as possible.
She was speaking after her familiarization tour of selected projects and facilities under the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock in Southern Province yesterday.
Meanwhile, farmers in Southern Province have bemoaned the outbreak of the FMD and its consequential ban on stock movement from the province.
Speaking on behalf of farmers in the province, Mr. CHUCKIE COUNTRY, managing director of Kapinga Farms Limited in Mazabuka has pleaded that the minister considers lifting the ban of stock movement as prolonging it is fast becoming an economic problem for the farmers and ultimately the nation.
He further pleaded with the Minister to consider buying livestock locally for the livestock restocking exercise that is currently being undertaken within the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.