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State to boost livestock sector

TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT intends to intensify primary animal health care and vaccination programmes to boost productivity in the livestock sub-sector next year.
Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda said Government will also continue producing vaccines and make them readily available to farmers.
Mr Chikwanda said in the 2016 national budget address on Friday that as a way of ensuring that small-scale farmers have access to dipping facilities, Government will continue to construct and rehabilitate dip tanks across the country.
“To boost productivity in the livestock sub-sector, Government will enhance the provision of extension services and disease control measures. To this effect, Government will intensify primary animal health care and vaccination programmes, especially for cattle and chickens,” he said.
He said Government will also continue with the construction and rehabilitation of livestock extension service centres and satellite insemination centres.
He also said Government will establish additional breeding centres for goats and sheep to increase supply to both domestic and export markets.
Meanwhile, Mr Chikwanda said to achieve self-sufficiency in fish production by the end of 2018, Government will continue with the establishment of fish hatcheries in each province, and encourage the private sector to also set up their own hatcheries.
“I would like to urge citizens to set up fish fingerling nurseries in each district, while Government will provide technical support and set up a fisheries fund to provide credit to small-scale fish farmers,” he said.
Mr Chikwanda said to provide credit to small-scale fish farmers, Government has allocated K5 million for the establishment of the Fisheries Development Fund.
On fish cage culture, tilapia, particularly, will be promoted through the creation of aqua-parks in Rufunsa, Kasempa, Mungwi and Chingola.
He said aqua-parks are intended to provide market to local fish farmers by linking them to commercial core ventures.

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