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ZAMBIA LAUNCHES SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT

A herd of cattle is grazing in green pastures.

THE Zambian government has launched the Sustainable Livestock Infrastructure Management Project (SLIMP) aimed at reviving infrastructure that was built but has remained dormant in the livestock subsector.

The project will be funded by the Africa Development Bank and is expected to be launched in 19 districts across the country.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister Makozo Chikote said the goal of the government is to transform livestock farming into a commercialised subsector.

“The goal of the livestock subsector under the new dawn government is to transform small scale livestock farming into sustainable commercialised value chains which contribute to improved household nutrition, income generation, poverty reduction and employment creation,” the Minister said.

The project is targeting to benefit 288 registered livestock keeping groups with more than 100,000 households of fully paid members.

It is also expected to create 120 direct permanent jobs, 18,000 seasonal jobs and 60,000 indirect seasonal jobs along the livestock value chain.

Mr Chikote explained that of the 100,000 beneficiary households, 33,000 are female-headed households, while 90,000 livestock keeping households will indirectly benefit from improved livestock infrastructure and services within participating districts.

“About 800,000 people, including 400,000 women and 70,000 youths will indirectly benefit from an increase in the supply of quality livestock products,” he said.

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