ZAMBIA - The Small Livestock Association of Zambia (SLAZ) says Government should consider engaging and consulting key stakeholders when developing the new livestock policy to ensure it safeguards and enables the sector to operate effectively.
The move comes in the wake of President Lungu’s decision to separate the Ministry to Livestock and Fisheries from the Ministry of Agriculture.
In a statement availed to the Daily Mail on Monday, SLAZ chairperson Martin Mukuka said that the association welcomes the move as it will help develop the livestock sector.
“As one of the key stakeholders and voice for the small livestock farmers, we are appealing to Government to involve and consult the players so as to have a policy that won’t be viewed as being imposed on farmers, processors and other key players, but as a policy that will help protect and increase income generation among farmers,” Mr Mukuka said.
He said currently farmers are facing various challenges due to lack of a clear amended livestock policy.
Mr Mukuka said previously some policies were not effective due to lack of consultation and involvement of stakeholders at implementation levels.
“Many are times when we have witnessed failed policies at implementation stage because of having ignored the stakeholders at the stage of formation,” he said.
Mr Mukuka said some farmers are subjected to pay levies twice by local authorities and this is becoming a nightmare.
“Most farmers destined for Kasumbalesa border from Kalomo or Choma, having paid for their animals from these areas, are now being subjected to paying twice for the same animals at Konkola turnoff in Chililabombwe despite having receipts,” he said.
Mr Mukuka said the association has since called on the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to intervene and protect the farmers as revenue is being lost.
March 8, 2016; https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=61148