Mwewa Shamatutu Mwansa
President of the Republic of Zambia EDGAR LUNGU has bemoaned the adverse effects of climate change that resulted in livestock mortalities in the Southern part of the Country and called on farmers in the Northern part to engage in water harvesting, pasture production and rangeland management if the livestock sector is to flourish.
The President has called upon livestock farmers in the Northern Province to take advantage of the favourable climate in the region by growing pasture for their animals which will help in mitigating the adverse effects of climate change on the livestock sector.
President LUNGU made this call during the official opening of the Musa milk collection and processing plant, the Chipompo Livestock service center built at a cost of approximately 200,000 United States Dollars and the further launch of the ONE LIVESTOCK UNIT PER RURAL HOUSEHOLD in Kasama over the weekend.
During the Launch, the President reiterated the importance of beneficiaries adhering to the pass on concept of the programme as this will ensure that the program objective is sustained, resulting into sector growth in the province and the country as a whole.
Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of the Africa Development Bank Country officer, country programmes officer MUSHAM HAWA called on Government to expedite the facilitation of up scaling the Livestock Infrastructure Development Project (LISP) to the Sustainable Livestock Infrastructure Management Project by signing the agreement which was concluded in October 2019.
She said this will help in ensuring that the successes that LISP scored are enhanced as the enhanced project will attract 11.25 Billion United States Dollars slated for sustainable livestock infrastructure management throughout the country.
And speaking earlier, Minister of Fisheries and Livestock, Professor NKANDU LUO emphasised the need of promoting animal husbandry practices in the Northern circuit of the country as it will address poverty reduction in the provinces.
She said the area is favourable for the thriving of livestock though the practice of animal husbandry has not been adopted in the past in spite of the area being richly endowed with water and pasture that is critical in the raring of animals.
Northern Provincial Minister LAZARUS CHUNGU BWALYA echoed his counterpart minister and called on farmers in the province to embrace animal husbandry practices which he said had been neglected for years.