Dairy sector gets boost

Lackstars Agriculture Limited in partnership with Nicol Anderson Farming Limited have set aside over US$490,000 to support increased production levels of dairy milk products and irrigated agriculture in the country.
The company was prompted to undertake the project due to the enabling environment created by Government in the agriculture sector. It intends to maximise the potential by expanding the production levels.
According to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report submitted by the firm to the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA), and obtained by the Daily Mail yesterday, the project will be implemented in Serenje district.
The report says the objective of the project is to produce dairy cow milk and grow agricultural crops throughout the year with the help of cenre pivot irrigation system, to meet ever-increasing demand for soya, wheat, oat and maize products.
“The two sister-companies [Lackstars Agriculture Limited and Nicol Anderson Farming Limited] as a joint venture intend to invest in dairy farming and irrigated agriculture to be supported by a new dam. The project activities will involve land clearing, levelling and construction of a dam, and an irrigation system, to provide the necessary water required for crop production and dairy animal watering.
“Preliminary indications of expected costs associated with the proposed development are estimated to be US$495,000. The project is expected to be implemented immediately following receipt of the necessary approvals from ZEMA,” report reads.
The implementation of the project will create about 75 sustainable jobs with 40 percent being females and 60 percent males for the local community, with a focus on the youth and their development.
It says irrigation will help by ensuring that full potential yields are achieved and in addition, winter cropping will be carried out, thus getting continuous fresh feed for the dairy cows throughout the year.
The EIS also says the proposed project is in line with national policy which promotes increased crop and livestock production, and diversification from a copper dependent economy to agriculture as the main stay for national economic development.

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