By CHILA NAMAIKO –
GOVERNMENT is strengthening the capacity for livestock disease surveillance, monitoring and control to help improve the country’s livestock production.
Southern Province director of veterinary services Yona Sinkala said the support to the livestock sector was aimed at increasing rural incomes and subsequently reducing poverty among communities.
Dr Sinkala said in Choma during a recent provincial livestock development and animal health project review meeting that Government was committed to developing the livestock sector.
He said the project would also increase extension service centres to offer livestock dipping, spraying, vaccinations, artificial insemination, embryo transfer, de-worming and branding.
“The main objective of the project is to improve the productivity of key livestock production systems in targeted areas of Eastern, Southern, Western, Central provinces and some parts of Copperbelt and Lusaka provinces,” he said.
Dr Sinkala said that the livestock sector contributed about 52 per cent of rural household incomes which in turn, could play a significant role for the development of the country.
The potential for increasing the livestock production required various interventions given that Zambia has more grazing than arable land.
Dr Sinkala said the Government was also working hard to increase essential public livestock industry infrastructure constructed and rehabilitated.