State calls for collaboration in livestock sector

GOVERNMENT says there is need for stakeholders in the livestock sector to put in place appropriate strategies that will foster growth in the sector.
Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock permanent secretary David Shamulenge said collaboration in data management and sharing between different institutions will help in the formulation and the making of informed decisions in the livestock industry.
He was speaking in Livingstone recently during the Livestock Policy Hub stakeholders’ workshop in a speech read by Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock acting human resource manager Lois Mulube.
Dr Shamulenge urged the livestock sector stakeholders to be practical and propose what will aid the development of the sector rather than be a hindrance.
He said about 80 percent of the country’s population depend on agricultural-related activities and that the development of agriculture in Zambia is an engine for economic growth.
Dr Shamulenge said the livestock sector can also contribute to poverty reduction if given the necessary attention it deserves.
“The livestock sector in Zambia contributes 3.2 percent towards the national gross domestic product. About six percent of small-holder household income, sales and consumption come from the livestock sector,” he said.
And director of agriculture and industry at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Yoseph Shiferaw said a number of tangible achievements have been registered since the last engagement in March 2012.
Dr Shiferaw said baseline information on Livestock policies, legislation and strategies were collated and the main gaps were identified.
He also said that the institutional capacity for livestock policy formulation, strategies and legislation has been enhanced.

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