Revamp livestock sub-sector to create jobs – NGO

MOVEMENT for Economic Freedom (MEF) has advised Government to exploit the potential in livestock to reposition Zambia’s economy and create employment.

MEF general secretary Reagan Mubatsa said the sub-sector had the capacity to raise the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Mr. Mubatsa urged Government to establish livestock skills acquisition centres to train youths in poultry, animal husbandry, fish farming, dairy and beef production.

“This will address the beef, dairy, poultry and fish needs of the country to guarantee food security, generate revenue and provide employment.

“To make this work, Government should partner with financial institutions for credit scheme to beneficiaries, while technical experts are engaged to provide technical skills,” Mr. Mubatsa said.

He said the economic crunch suffered by the country should serve as a wake-up call towards diversifying the economy against over-dependence on copper.

“Zambia should see the fall in copper price as an opportunity to open up other sources of revenue that will develop the economy and provide employment to the citizenry,” he said.

Mr. Mubatsa said there were rich unexploited potential in livestock agriculture in every part of Zambia with the capacity to improve the economy and boost revenue base of the country.