Government has called upon research institutions in the country to expedite the production of veterinary drugs and vaccines in order to improve the dairy industry.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Professor NKANDU LUO says the availability of drugs on the market can help reduce livestock diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) that have negatively affected the growth of the industry.
Speaking during the official opening of the 10th annual general meeting for the DAIRY Association of Zambia (DAZ) in Lusaka Professor LUO says the industry can only thrive if the health aspect of livestock is put into consideration.
She has since observed the need for strengthened partnership among stakeholders in the dairy sector so as to address challenges in the dairy industry.
And DAZ Chairperson MIRRIAM MBASIMA has urged government to come up with climate smart dairy production interventions such as proper utilization of irrigation systems for fodder and agroforestry to help mitigate effects of climate change.
Mrs. MBASIMA says climate change poses a serious threat to livestock production and productivity hence the need to give it the attention it deserves.