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World Bank trains East farmers

THE World Bank (WB) has spent K279,000 in training 350 small-scale farmers in poultry farming in Eastern province.
The project is aimed at building the capacity of the poultry farmers in the province, focusing on poultry production and disease identification.
According to the Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ) latest report dubbed ‘Poultry industry in a challenging business environment’, farmers have also been trained on how to control diseases, market their products and entrepreneurship.
“The Chipata WB training funded project has successfully been implemented in five districts of Eastern Province. Under the project a total of 350 small-scale farmers were trained on different aspects of poultry production and management,” the report reads.
PAZ says out of the total K279,000 used in the training of farmers K69,000 came from the farmers’ income.
Meanwhile, the association says the exotic birds have been posting positive growth in the past one year due to growth reported in the protection of free range-chickens, guinea fowls and quails.
PAZ also says most donor programmes supporting livelihood and nutrition programmes for the disadvantaged have ventured into providing free-range chicken among other small livestock.
“The sector is becoming organised with a few investments in hatching facilities, especially at the small-scale level. Local productions of small incubators have played a greater role in growing the industry,” the report reads.
The association says notable birds growing the sub-sector include australorp roosters, redbro birds which can be raised as broilers, layers or free range.
However, the stockfeed sub-sector continues to be the main supplier of animal feeds in Zambia.
It is estimated that there was a total of 385,000 tonnes of stockfeed was in 2015 out which the poultry industry consumed an equivalent of 322,400 tonnes of feed.

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