K50 million set for livestock census

THE Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has set aside K50 million to conduct a livestock census throughout the country next year.
Speaking when he toured Small- holder Agribusiness Promotional Programme (SAPP) in Chavuma, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock permanent secretary David Shamulenge said the census will help the ministry in planning and budgeting.
“We have never had a livestock census for the past 40 years and it has been challenging for us to implement most of the projects in as far as the livestock sector is concerned,” he said.
Dr Shamulenge said the census will enable the ministry to expand the livestock sector and promote diversification.
He said the exercise will make it easy for government to know the total population of livestock in every province.
“Conducting a census will also help us in the allocation of funds to promote efficiency in as far as implementation of livestock projects in the country is concerned,” Dr Shamulenge said.
He said government i s committed to improving the livestock sector to accelerate the process of economic diversification.
Dr Shamu lenge said a livestock census will also enable the ministry to control animal diseases.
He said government has been spending a lot of money on animal disease control which can be channelled to other productive areas in the livestock sector.
“Government cannot continue spending huge sums of money on animal disease control, we feel something should be done so that we use the money in other areas of need in the sector,” Dr Shamulenge said.

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