— Chinsali Poultry Farmers Association Chairperson, Lamarck Mugala, has challenged youths in Chinsali District of Muchinga Province to take up poultry farming as an employment platform.
Mr Mugala observes that youths nowadays are dependent on white-collar jobs neglecting entrepreneurship which he said can be a source of revenue for most young people in the country.
Mr Mugala added that instead of youths complaining on the issues of unemployment they can involve themselves into poultry farming as a business and be able to earn a living.
He said this when he closed a two day Poultry Farming Workshop in Chinsali yesterday, whose objective was to curb various challenges faced by poultry farmers in the district.
Mr Mugala observed that many poultry farmers in the district were unable to manage
their business due to lack of knowledge on how to effectively run the poultry industry.
And a participant, Agnes Kabwela, admitted her failure to run her business due to misguided information.
Ms Kabwela said poultry farmers must adopt the new guidelines on how to manage poultry farming as a business to avoid producing underweight chickens as opposed to the required weight standard of 2.5kg per bird.
Meanwhile, another participant, Enoch Manjoni, said there is need to improve the quality and quantity of chickens and other poultry products in order to meet the supply demand on the market.
Mr Manjoni said farmers should double their efforts, adding that the population of Chinsali district is growing at a faster rate since it was declared a Provincial headquarters of Muchinga Province.
He charged that if the association members fail to meet the demand other competitors will take over the market.