The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock says the restocking programme under the Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP) is increasing the population of livestock in the country.
Director of Livestock Production CHIBWE KAOMA says the number of small livestock such as goats, rabbits and chickens has trembled following the implementation of the restocking programme.
Dr. KAOMA says beneficiaries have increased the numbers of their livestock because the livestock provided multiply quickly and are a ready source of nutrition, food and income security.
Dr. KAOMA was speaking in Chirundu district in Lusaka Province in a statement delivered on his behalf by Chief Livestock Production Officer VINCENT SIMONGWE during the pass on of 100 rabbits to 15 cooperatives.
Meanwhile Lusaka Province Senior Livestock Production Officer BWALYA TEMBO says the small livestock are also a better mitigation option to climate change.
Mrs. TEMBO says small livestock are ideal for Chirundu district which is prone to droughts because they multiply faster and require small quantities of feed and water to rear.
And one of the beneficiaries of the rabbits says she has increased the number of rabbits she received from 5 to 50 rabbits.
BEAUTY BANDELA from Women Empowerment Cooperative in Mazongololo says a rabbit fetches around K300 in Chirundu and she now targets to sell her rabbits at Kasumbalesa in Chililabombwe where the price is higher.