Luapula animal restocking to be commissioned soon

THE K12million, Luapula Livestock Development Programme aimed at restocking farm animals in the province is expected to be commissioned in two weeks’ time.
The projected, which is being funded by Government and Heifer International Zambia at 52 percent and 48 percent, respectively, will result in the distribution of livestock to about 6,000 households in Mwansabombwe.
Heifer International Zambia country manager James Kasongo explained that the beneficiaries will receive goats, draft cattle and chicken which will be redistributed under the pass-on-the-gift initiative over a period of five years.
“So far 1,000 households have identified and have been trained in livestock management [while] 600 goats and 40 draft cattle have been delivered to the province ahead of the launch on August 27,” Mr Kasongo said in an interview on Friday.
About 3,000 free-range chickens will be distributed to three cooperatives in the area.
Mr Kasongo said the restocking of the area will go a long way in enhancing food security and broadening household incomes.
He also said the beneficiaries, who will also be equipped with entrepreneurial skills, will sell livestock within the province and neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, thus generating income for their families.
“Democratic Republic of Congo is a huge market which the beneficiaries will be able to exploit when the livestock increases,” he said.

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