Petauke farmers in K67.8m grant

FIVE Petauke farmer groups have benefited from a World Bank grant of K67.8 million to be implemented by the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries aimed at improving the productivity of livestock in the district.
Speaking when handing over the cheques to the beneficiary farmer groups, Petauke district commissioners Velenasi Moyo said there is need for the beneficiaries to ensure that they use the funds to enhance the economic well-being of their households.
Ms Moyo has challenged the farmer groups to resolve issues affecting the livestock sector in the district, such as poor meat quality due to lack of improved pig breeds, poor animal nutrition and diseases.
This is contained in a Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) weekly brief availed to the Daily Mail yesterday.
“Petauke Dstrict Farmers Association and four other farmer groups were this [last] week given the final grant allocations from World Bank through the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.”
“The association is also implementing a project which is aimed at improving the profile and breeds stock of pigs in the district, improve livestock and animal health development, increase rural income and animal production among other things,” she said.
Meanwhile, Rent to Own, a social enterprise working to increase the prosperity of entrepreneurs in rural Zambia by providing productive assets, has opened a branch in Mazabuka district.
ZNFU says the objective of the organisation is to help farmers grow their businesses by offering productive assets such as water pumps, hammermills and gensets.
“The company has an exciting new model to offer business equipment on soft payment terms that are tailored to suit rural entrepreneurs and farmers,” the union says.

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