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Zambia hit by game meat shortfall

GAME meat.

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
ZAMBIA has been hit by a shortfall of about 700 tonnes of game meat as demand outstrips supply annually.
The Wildlife Producers Association of Zambia (WPAZ) has since called for the producers to take advantage of the local and international markets for game meat.
According to the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) Friday brief, while the country produces about 300 tonnes of game meat annually, demand currently stands about 1, 000 tonnes.
WPAZ is a group of dedicated wildlife specialists committed to building tourism and game ranching in Zambia.
This came to light during a meeting organised by ZNFU and WPAZ last week that there might be need to import game meat from the international market to meet the local demand.
“WPAZ has noted a shortfall of game meat on the Zambian market, as demand currently outstrips supply.
“There may be need to take measures that would help cushion the demand and pressure on the local market such as the possibility of importing,” the statement reads.
On the looming ban of game meat from South Africa into the European Union (EU), WPAZ notes that the situation presents an opportunity for the local market to engage South Africans as they are likely to be looking for an alternative market.
WPAZ is keen to foster the growth of the private wildlife estate and especially its national contribution to food production and security, job creation and community development.




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