MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe
MBESUMA State Ranch in Chinsali district in Muchinga Province has raised K1.1 million from the sale of animals to livestock farmers in the area from December last year to date.
Ranch assistant manager and livestock technician Mubita Mwangala said in an interview at the just-ended Copperbelt Agriculture, Mining, Industrial and Networking Expo (CAMINEX) in Kitwe that the ranch has been selling a variety of cattle species such as steers, breeding bulls, breeding cows, heifers and culled cows among others to local farmers in Chinsali.
He commended Government for giving back life to the ranch through continuous funding.
“So far, we have sold about 320 animals and realised K1.1 million,” he said.
Mr Mwangala said local farmers are appreciating the programme of buying animals from the ranch because it is helping them to enhance their knowledge on keeping animals as well as improving their livelihood.
He said management at the ranch wants to produce more improved cattle breeds to the local farmers so as to increase the animal population in the area.
Mr Mwangala said Chinsali district generally does not have a lot of livestock farmers and that the ranch management wants to change this picture by empowering the locals with knowledge and skills in livestock farming.
And Mr Mwangala said Government is currently constructing a training centre meant to equip farmers in Chinsali with livestock technologies.
He thanked Government for putting up a breeding centre at Mbesuma ranch, saying this has helped many people that previously did not have any knowledge in livestock farming to have the know-how.