GOVERNMENT has disbursed over K1.4 million grants to women groups and cooperatives in Lundazi district. District livestock officer Kelvin Kampamba said the grants were aimed at improving livestock farming in rural communities in the district. He indicated that his office had successfully disbursed the grants to 17 women groups and co-operatives. “The grants are called Livestock Improvement Grant Facilities and so far about 17 women groups and co-operatives have benefited. These grants are aimed at improving production in livestock such as piggery, poultry, chicken broilers and goat rearing,” Dr. Kampamba said. He said the beneficiaries were currently on a shopping spree for their livestock. Dr. Kampamba said it was Government’s wish to empower women in the rural areas and improve the livelihood of all Zambians. “Government wants to see the women empowered and citizens’ living standards improved. Currently the beneficiaries have started buying what is needed for their livestock farming,” he said. Dr. Kampamba named some of the groups that have benefited from the grant as Chaboli Women’s Group, Border Support Group, Lundazi Network of People Living with HIV and AIDs, Pamodzi Women and Tione Chitala. He advised the beneficiaries to take livestock farming as a serious business if they were to become successful.