Business

Over 1,500 poultry farmers get support

MARIA MASINA, Lusaka
CENTRE for Agro-Ecological Rural and Indigenous Development (CARED) has empowered over 1,500 poultry farmers with incubation machines to help them increase their rearing of free-range (village) chickens.
The organisation says it gave out incubation machines to chicken farmers in Shibuyunji, Chibombo and Chongwe to help increase productivity.
CARED coordinator Simon Mwamba said in an interview that the provision of the incubation machines has helped livestock farmers increase the number of chicks they hatch and this has also maximised their profits.
“Local products have to be promoted, especially products being produced from rural areas, so that the living standards of the people can be improved,” Mr Mwamba said.
The economy of the country will improve if the manufacturing sector is supported.
He said raw materials need to be processed to enhance their value so that the local products can compete favourably on the international market.
Mr Mwamba said Zambian products have the potential to become the most marketed on the international market, only if they could be of high quality through enhanced nutritive value and their shelf life.
He also said CARED is this year planning to put up processing plants in the three areas which benefited from incubation machines to promote value addition of local products in the country.
“The plants that will be put in place will see the chickens reared by farmers be packaged in various sizes to suit the needs of the local market,” he said.
Mr Mwamba urged youths to engage in poultry as a way of empowering themselves economically saying there is a lot of profit in poultry business if they remain disciplined and focused.

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