Government has urged farmers in the country to take livestock farming as a business.
Livestock and Fisheries Minister, Kampamba Chewe said this during the launch of the small holder livestock re-stocking program in Kalulushi.
Mrs Chewe said making livestock farming as a lucrative business will attract a cross section of people to venture into livestock farming thereby, contributing to economic development.
She said government through the enhanced small holder livestock investment program, e-slip, is already taking steps aimed at boosting livestock production and productivity.
Mrs Chewe added that, e-slip just completed the countrywide distribution of forage seed to smallholder farmers and teaching them how to grow the seed for pasture production for their livestock.
The minister further said that this is aimed at improving the nutrition of livestock so as to increase their herd size and milk production.
She noted that once farmers realize the benefits of forage production either in terms of improved production and productivity of their livestock or raising income through forage sale to livestock keepers, they will engage in this venture without requesting for government subsidy.
Meanwhile, Mrs Chewe who is also Kalulushi Member of Parliament has handed over improved breeds of dairy cattle, goats, chickens and pigs to smallholder beneficiaries in the area.
She said she is fulfilling government’s promise to the people, of empowering Kalulushi with livestock and that the process is on-going.
Mrs Chewe disclosed that the programme is a pass-on program and every beneficiary is supposed to pass on the gift.
And Chieftainess Shimukunami commended government for the gesture.
The Chieftainess said she will support the program and help those that want to venture into livestock and fisheries with land.