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World Bank livestock project boosts animal population

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ZAMBIA - The World Bank says the implementation of the livestock development and animal health project at a cost of about US$65 million has helped Zambia increase cattle ownership among smallholder farmers to about 131,000 in the last three years.

The bank is ready to support Zambia’s long-term livestock sector strategy of establishing a disease-free zone with an objective of accessing international markets for livestock and meat products.

This is contained in a report dubbed ‘Zambia project profiles’ availed to the Daily Mail recently.

The report says the project will help support and contribute to the improvement of veterinary services, food safety and the output of smallholder schemes in the short to medium term.

WB notes that the development will further enhance key livestock production systems for targeted smallholder producers in selected areas.

“The project has contributed to individual livestock owners’ increase of cattle ownership from 10,000 in February 2012 to 131,380 by August 2015 while the contagious bovine pleuropneumonia prevalence in cattle has been reduced from 15 percent to 0.5 percentage point exceeding the target of 10 percent,” it says.

The bank highlights the main challenges faced by the livestock sector as low productivity characterised by under-investment, poor animal husbandry, nutrition and an unacceptable loss due to animal diseases.

Among the components of the project include livestock services provision aimed at strengthening the prevention and management of animal diseases, institutional capacity building for the Ministry of Livestock to improve service delivery and capacity to monitor food safety of facilities in the targeted project areas.

Others are productive on-farm investments to improve productivity of identified production systems through grant support to on-farm investments and project management to ensure efficient and timely delivery of project resources in accordance with the objectives.

January 22, 2016; https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=56402