By CHATULA KANGALI –
NCHELENGE District has developed a goat and chicken multiplication centre in a bid to boost production in the area.
District Administrative Officer (DAO) Gift Hajoongola said in an interview that the district was in need of more goats and chickens for multiplication.
He said the multiplication centre currently had 50 boran goats from Southern Province and 500 indigenous chickens from Kabwe.
Mr Hajoongola said the district was targeting to have 500 goats which would multiply to 2,000 with 300 chickens that would eventually increase to 5,000 before being offloaded to cooperatives.
“The infrastructure is already in place, we have 50 boran goats, 500 chickens and we need more so that we are able to produce what is needed before giving them out to cooperatives.
“All those with good chicken and goat for breeding can come on board and help us,” he said.
Mr Hajoongola said about 3,000 chickens were expected to be produced in a month from 500 chickens and that the multiplication centre had the capacity to accommodate 5000 birds at a given time.
He said the breeding centres would not only improve the economy of the district but also improve the health of the people that have only been depending on fish as a source of protein for a long time.