CHAMBO NG’UNI, Itezhi-Tezhi
CONSTRUCTION of a first-ever Mbila Livestock Service Centre in Itezhi-Tezhi district in Central Province at a cost of K2.3 million which will cater for 17,865 animals is progressing well.
Central Province permanent secretary Chanda Kabwe toured the construction site alongside Luano district commissioner Christopher Chibuye and his Chisamba counterpart Martin Chowa.
The centre,which is located in Chief Shimbizhi’s area, will comprise of an office block, dip tank, two houses, waiting room, borehole, loading bay and offloading bay.
Itezhi-Tezhi district veterinary officer Shepherd Phiri told Mr Kabwe that the project started last year and will be finished this year.
Dr Phiri said the facility is strategically located and will be accessed by many farmers.
“The Government saw it fit to construct this facility because most of the time this place is impossible to reach. It can only be reached in the dry season for five months,” Dr Phiri said.
Dr Phiri said Itezhi-Tezhi has a population of 157,341 cattle in dire need of dip tanks to effectively control livestock diseases.
He also said his office will carry out a cattle vaccination exercise in the district and is targeting 115,000 animals.
And Mr Kabwe said Government is committed to improving the welfare of the people of Itezhi-Tezhi who depend on cattle rearing, hence the construction of the Mbila Livestock Service Centre.
Mr Kabwe said the facility will help in addressing livestock diseases and contribute to the growth of the livestock sector.
Mr Kabwe commended headman Shakabanze for providing land in his area to Government for the construction of the facility.