Establish livestock regulator – LDT

THE Livestock Development Trust (LDT) says Government should consider setting up a livestock regulatory authority that will compel livestock farmers and traders to adhere to policies that support the development of the sector.
LDT director Renford Gombwa said there is need to formulate strong regulatory policies that guide livestock farmers and traders on how to reduce disease outbreaks that have persisted.
Dr Gombwa said due to lack of appropriate regulations and capacity for enforcement among livestock traders, farmers and veterinary officers, a significant gap between policy and practice has been observed.
Appearing before the Parliamentary Committee looking at the Auditor General’s report chaired by Rufunsa Member of Parliament Kenneth Chipungu, Dr Gombwa said formulating disease control measures that require the participation of all stakeholders is important in fighting livestock diseases.
“If you look at the energy and water sectors, there is a regulatory body that ensures Government policies are monitored, and certain controls are implemented.
“We as LDT are of the view that the establishment of a livestock regulatory authority is vital in the sector, as it will regulate disease controls, and also look at the stock management. This move will ensure that the sector is enhanced,” he said.
Dr Gombwa said Government should also re-consider the management of veterinary services, especially in high livestock production zones, to reduce disease outbreaks and enhance services to livestock farmers.
He said there is some doubt as to whether improved veterinary services have always been delivered to the core target group in an effective manner.
Dr Gombwa said livestock farmers cannot easily access veterinary services which need to be taken very close to farmers, especially in high livestock production areas, to reduce disease outbreaks.

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