No Cattle from Swine flu areas-ACSZ

The Agriculture and Commercial Society of Zambia (ACSZ) says it will not accept cattle from places that were recently affected with fatal and potent influenza H1N1 commonly known as swine flu into this year’s commercial show.

ACSZ president Murray Anderson said the society has partnered with government through the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to improve the bio-security measures during the show.

“We expect to have an increased number of cattle on display at the livestock section following a number of measures taken like improving bio-security, infrastructure renovations and good cooperation from our partners,” Mr Murray said.

Speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Murray told journalists in Lusaka that the society would spend an additional K6.2 million apart from the budgeted K 5.1 million.

“The budgeted expenditure for the holding of this year’s show is K 5.1 million. The society will spend an additional K 6.2 million on infrastructure development this year,” he said.

Mr Murray said a new sewer line, redevelopment of the main arena and preparation for construction of a new exhibition centre were some of the projects where the addition money would be spent.

“This is in line with the implementation of the ACSZ master plan which the society has been developing. These developments are intended to provide Zambia with facilities that are of an international standard,” he said.

He further explained that the show which would be held under the theme “2014, Breaking New Ground” would be officially opened on Saturday, August 2, 2014 by Vice President Guy Scott.

“This year we expect good participation from foreign exhibitors, we have so far received confirmation of attendance from 17 countries,” Mr Murray said.

He said the show played a significant role in the local economy adding that during the lead up to the event, in excess of a thousand people gained employment through providing expertise for the preparation.