State to boost breeding of goats

MINISTRY of Livestock and Fisheries permanent secretary David Shamulenge says Government is determined to boost breeding of goats in the country so that it has the capacity to export the animals to countries such as Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has shown interest to import one million goats and sheep annually from Zambia.
Dr Shamulenge said since there is demand for goats in Saudi Arabia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola, Government is exploring ways of boosting breeding of the animals.
“We want to see youths and women participate actively in goat rearing. We want to link them to Saudi Arabia, DRC and Angola [markets],” he said.
Dr Shamulenge said recently when he paid a courtesy call on Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga that President Lungu has initiated the programme of empowering youth and women in goat breeding following requests for exports of goats and sheep to Saudi Arabia.
He said a team of livestock experts from the ministry will go around the country to assess the quality and numbers of goats.
“We have put a task force in place [which] will go around the country to determine the national baseline of the total number of goats in the country,” Dr Shamulenge said.
He said it is important for Zambia to increase the numbers of goats if the country is to take advantage of the demand of the animals in other countries.
Meanwhile, Mr Mushanga urged youths and women in Central Province to take advantage of various programmes under the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to empower themselves.

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