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Livestock body calls for proper abattoirs

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
THE Small Livestock Association of Zambia (SLAZ) says there is need to establish proper slaughtering facilities to curb the mushrooming of illegal abattoirs.
SLAZ chairperson Martin Mukuka said the mushrooming of illegal abattoirs is a threat to the development of the livestock industry, and also poses a danger to the health of consumers.
In response to a press query recently, Mr Mukuka said due to financial constraints, small livestock processors, as well as the association, are currently operating in improper infrastructure.
Mr Mukuka said if not addressed, the issue of illegal abattoirs is also likely to affect the livelihoods of the small-scale farmers.
He said the livestock sector has the potential to reduce poverty levels among the rural farmers who depend on the sector to sustain their lives.
To address some of the challenges faced by SLAZ and the livestock sector, the association feels there is need for key stakeholders and partners to come on board and work together as a team.
“As SLAZ, we will continue to work with our existing partners together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock… To address some of the challenges, the association wishes to invite all well-meaning partners to come on board to help, be it financially, or in any way possible to improve the living standards of poor small livestock farmers,” he said.

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