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Mine drills into chicken business

NKOLE MULAMBIA, Mufulira
HYBRID Poultry Farms has appealed to Government to intervene in its wrangle with Non-Ferrous Co-operation Africa (NFCA) over a piece of land, saying over 120,000 breeders are at risk.
This follows a reduction in the water-table that has caused the company to close six boreholes as a result of mining activities taking place in Mufulira and Kalulushi.
Hybrid Poultry Farms production controller Aaron Banda said the company is suffering significant losses in production, hence the call for Government’s intervention.
“We have an issue with NFCA over the peace of land. As management, we have asked the mining firm to relocate us because mining and chicken production cannot co-exist.
“Currently, our six boreholes have gone under due to low water-table. The only thing we are doing to keep the 120,000 breeders we have on site is to ferry water to feed them,” he told Copperbelt Minster Bowman Lusambo when he toured the company on Friday last week.
Mr Banda said the firm’s vision is to grow its business so that consumers could benefit.
He said the issue of land is hindering the company from implementing an expansion programme involving putting up a processing plant.
Mr Lusambo (left) said he would soon engage the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA), Ministry of Mines and other government institutions on the matter.
“I will be engaging ZEMA, Ministry of Mines and other government institutions so that we can come up with a lasting solution to this problem. It is a very big problem,” he said.
He urged NFCA to discuss the matter and come up with a win-win situation.

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