Government through the Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) has handed over the last 23 herds of cattle meant for Mpika District in Muchinga Province bringing the total to 92 animals.
Mpika District Arts and Cultural Officer Tobias Mwale handed over the animals on behalf of the District Commissioner, Moses Katebe at Malashi Livestock Centre in Mpika over the weekend.
In a speech read on his behalf, Mr. Katebe said that giving out of Diary animals to farmers is one of Governments commitment to empowering farmers.
He further said that it is also in line with the diversification agenda of Government from mining to agriculture.
Mr Katebe said with this empowerment the farmers will help to reduce poverty in communities and in the long run farmers are expected to be able to create jobs for community members.
He added that as a district it is such a privilege to be able to give out the animals to the farmers and is thankful to President Edgar Lungu for fulfilling the promise of empowering the farmers.
And speaking on behalf of Mpika Dairy farmers, beneficiary Belington Chanda said he is happy that all 92 heads of cattle have been delivered to the farmers.
Mr. Chanda said the first 34 heads of cattle valued at K714, 000 were handed over last year in November hence the last 23 animals have brought the total to 92.
He said the animals have been able to produce 600 to 800 litres of milk per day adding that there is need for market so that the farmers can supply the milk.
And CEEC Mpika Regional Coordinator Tresford Phiri has appealed to the Diary animals beneficiaries to ensure that they take care of the animals.
Mr. Phiri has also appealed to the beneficiaries to work closely with the department of Veterinary services and report any abnormalities as quickly as possible.