GOVERNMENT has procured 105 cattle at a total value of K555,000 under the Poverty Reduction Programme in southern province.
Southern province acting provincial agricultural coordinator Max Choombe says the animals were procured for the cattle restocking programme in southern province.
Dr. Choombe says that 84 animals will soon be dispatched to Kazungula district in which 80 are female and 4 are improved breed of bulls.
He further stated that the animals will be dispatched to Mochipapa livestock centre to continue with the multiplication programme to improve the progeny.
The Acting provincial agricultural coordinator said during his presentation of a status report for the province in the agriculture sector to minister of agriculture and livestock Wylbur Simusa in Choma, today.
He explained that government through the ministry of agriculture and livestock will rehabilitate and construct 335 dipping tanks in southern province to control and contain cattle diseases.
And speaking in an exclusive interview , in Choma today Dr. Choombe said a further K13 million has been set aside in this year’s budget for cattle restocking in the province.
Dr. Choombe said all the 13 districts in southern province are ear marked to receive K1 million for cattle restocking programme.
The beneficiary districts include, Livingstone, Kazungula, Kalomo, Choma, Sinazongwe and Zimba.
Others are Namwala, Pemba, Gwembe, Monze, Mazabuka, Chikankata and Siavonga districts, respectively.
Dr. Choombe was optimistic that central government will expedite the disbursement of the K13 million for cattle restocking in this year’s budget to flag off the programme of cattle restocking as soon as possible.