BENEDICT TEMBO, Sioma
GOVERNMENT, with the help of the World Bank, is constructing a livestock training centre at Kaanja, about 15 km from Sioma.
Apart from having a kraal and dip tanks, the centre, being built at a cost of K12 million will have livestock treatment and marketing facilities, apart from staff houses.
It will also be used as a livestock multiplication centre because it will also be conducting artificial insemination.
Sioma District Council social and economic planner Peter Mpanda says the facility will bring a myriad of benefits to Sioma such as employment creation, and improving farmer’s skills in livestock production and disease surveillance.
“Beneficiaries will receive knowledge in sustainable business skills and participatory extension methodologies,” Mr Mpanda said.
Western Province fisheries and livestock co-ordinator Frederick Banda said since the centre will be connected to the national electricity grid, many people along the way will benefit.
Dr Banda also anticipates other economic spin offs from the tier-three livestock centre for the host community.
He is however worried by the slow pace of the construction and fears the contractor may not meet the deadline. The contractor has 10 months remaining to finish the works.