State pledges to enhance livestock sector


By Nation Reporter

GOVERNMENT remains committed to enhancing the livestock industry in Zambia, says Ikelenge district commissioner Victor Kayekesi.

Mr Kayekesi said Government would continue taking livestock treatment facilities as close to the farmers as possible to grow the sector.

He was speaking when he inspected the first ever one stop

livestock treatment centre in Ikelenge district in North Western Province.

The district commissioner said the construction of the Mukang’ala Livestock Centre and three dip tanks in the district at the cost of over K551, 000 was an indication of Government’s commitment to eradicating animal diseases and grow the livestock industry.

Mr. Kayekesi said the livestock sector was profitable and that Government would continue to invest in animal production facilities to ensure food security for smallholder farmers as well as to contribute to the country’s economy.

Meanwhile, Ikelenge district fisheries and livestock coordinator, Memory Mukangwa, said apart from animal treatment services, the newly constructed livestock facility would also be used for artificial insemination and skills provision to smallholder cattle farmers in the district.

Ms Mukangwa said the centre was a huge morale booster to veterinary officers in Ikelenge district as it would facilitate quick provision of animal treatment services in the border town.