FISHERIES minister Professor Nkandu Luo says government is working on popularising livestock farming across the country.
Prof. Luo said Zambia had potential to enrich lives of its citizenry through the livestock sector.
Speaking when she handed over 540 improved village chickens and 60 goats to 76 church based women clubs and four cooperatives in Kapiri Moshi, Prof. Luo said there was need to change the notion that livestock farming could only be done in certain parts of the country.
“We are working on mindset change that livestock farming can only thrive in Southern and Western provinces. So government is ensuring that livestock farming is promoted in all parts of this country,” Prof. Luo said.
She explained that there was abundant land and water resources in all the parts of the country, which were key to livestock rearing.
The livestock empowerment was provided through the ministry’s Enhanced Small Livestock Investment Programme (ESLIP) which focuses on promoting small livestock businesses through cooperatives in the country.
Prof. Luo guided that the livestock empowerment programme would operate on a pass-on basis to ensure that more groupings and individuals benefit from the initiative.
“This is wealth creation, empowerment and as a ministry, this is how we are promoting the concept of putting more money in your pockets…. Your government under the leadership of President Lunge wants to ensure improved income and food security at household level for beneficiary groups,” said Prof. Luo.
And Kapiri Moshi Pastors Fellowship chairperson Japheth Mona commended the government for coming to the aid of the church through the livestock empowerment initiative, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop Mona stated that the church had suffered low-income levels to continue with its duties such as helping the needy in society due to dwindled income brought about by the impact of the Coronavirus.
“We have lost memberships and income in the church because of COVID-19… therefore, this gesture is very liberating and is testimony of how caring government and President Lunge cares for the church,” said the Bishop.