World Bank funds livestock health project

THE World Bank-funded livestock development and animal health project has given six co-operatives in Chikankata district about K656,000 to enable them to improve their livestock production.
According to the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) Friday brief availed to the Daily Mail on Monday, the funds were disbursed to the co-operatives through the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock last week.
ZNFU says there is need to boost diversification in the agriculture sector to empower especially rural households that mainly earn their income from livestock-related activities.
“The aim of the funding is to help farmers in the area improve livestock productivity. The six co-operatives received a combined total of K655, 750 for their livestock projects,” the union says.
Meanwhile, independent tobacco farmers in Eastern Province have bemoaned the lack of market for their tobacco.
To this effect, some independent tobacco farmers who cultivated the crop without funding from out-grower merchants have called on Government to buy their tobacco since Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) has failed to find a buyer for them.
Speaking on behalf of the farmers, Eastern Fodya Association of Zambia chairperson Franklyn Mwale said farmers are losing out on their income due to high transportation costs when taking their tobacco to Lusaka for sale.
“It is sad that TBZ is encouraging farmers to transport their tobacco to Lusaka. We therefore appeal to TBZ to find a buyer who can buy the tobacco for independent tobacco farmers in the province,” Mr Mwale said.
He said tobacco markets in the province were opened about a month ago but only Japan Tobacco International is buying barley tobacco from farmers under its out-grower scheme.

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