——–Government has given Chibote women’s club of Mbosha village in Chibombo district four heifers under the Pass-on Program.
Confirming the development to ZANIS in a telephone interview, Chibote Women’s Club Chairperson, Grace Chipako Chisompola, said the four heifers were received yesterday and thanked government for the gesture.
Mrs Chisompola said the gesture by government will go a long way in alleviating challenges club members were facing in trying to improve their living standards.
She explained that the 24 members of the club will now be able to improve their nutrition levels of their families as they will get milk from the animals.
She further said problems of labour will also be reduced as the animals will be used for draft power, thereby improving food security in their households.
Mrs Chisompola urged club members to show commitment and care towards the animals to ensure they grow to the stage where they will be able to produce calves which would be shared among members.
She said it would not be good to lose the animals through negligence and yet government spent tax payers’ money to purchase the heifers with a well meaning intention to help out the women.
And Chibombo district Senior Livestock Officer, Paradzai Potoka, said Chibote women’s club is one of the women groups that have been considered by government to benefit from the Pass-on Program
Mr Potoka also urged the women not to be careless with the way they will keep the animals but to ensure that they pay attention to them especially in protecting them from diseases.
He further advised the club to ensure they dipped the animals to avoid tick borne diseases and also ensure that drugs were always available.
Mr Potoka said government will not provide drugs but will only be able to give technical advice on how best the women could manage the animals.
Cattle population has drastically reduced in Mbosha village due to tick-borne diseases that include corridor disease.
Government, under cattle restocking program, wants to improve the cattle population by giving groups of people heifers which, after reproducing, could be shared among club members.