Agri-business

Samfya farmers cry for dip tanks

BILKE MULENGA – Samfya
EMERGING Samfya cattle farmers are unable to improve their ranching activities because of lack of adequate veterinary services.
Samfya farmers, who are traditionally crop producers, albeit on a small scale, are eager to improve animal husbandry but they are hindered by lack of disease eradication facilities.
Samfya has a veterinary office located in the Mwansakombe chiefdom, but agricultural extension services remain limited because of lack of cattle dip tanks.
This sad state of affairs is highlighted in the development strategic plan for 2014-18 which was recently launched in Samfya.
The strategic plan states that Mwansakombe area has some farmers who rear cattle especially in the marshy area along the Ifunge peninsula, but they cannot advance their farming activities because of the absence of dip tanks and other related services.
The five-year plan also states that, although many people in the chiefdom are small-scale farmers who mostly grow cassava, maize, groundnuts and beans, there has been interest by some to diversify in animal farming.
The strategic plan was produced in partnership with the HIV/AIDS Response (SHARe II) initiative with the support of the United States Aid for International Development.
The objective of the strategic plan is designed to improve the economic status of the residents of Mwansakombe chiefdom through small-scale businesses.
At the launch, Chief Mwansakombe said irrigation was also an important aspect that his subject should consider using instead of relying on rain-fed crops.
The chief said the people in the chiefdom should exploit water resources in Samfya for irrigation.
Commenting on the plan, chief of party for SHARe II Dr Muka Chikuba commended the staff for working hard to document the strategic strategy which will be useful to develop the area.

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