——Government has handed over a livestock service centre constructed at a cost of K31, 000 to livestock farmers in Chizombwe and surrounding villages in Mbala with the call to guard the facility against abuse and vandalism.
And government has commenced the process of rehabilitating dilapidated dip tanks and constructing new ones to enable livestock farmers in the district dip their animals regularly as a way of controlling tick borne diseases like East Coast Fever (ECF).
Speaking during the handover ceremony at Chizombwe village, Mbala District Commissioner, Best Kabulembe, said the Patriotic Front government has embarked on livestock infrastructural development in the district because the sub-sector has the potential to stimulate economic growth and create jobs.
He said inadequate livestock infrastructure, high livestock disease incidences and poor livestock service delivery were the main bottlenecks that have hindered sustainable growth of the livestock sub-sector in the district.
The District Commissioner said government has so far constructed two other livestock service centres, one each in Kaka and Mwamba to help farmers and officers administer animal husbandry activities easily.
Mr Kabulembe appealed to the livestock farmers in Chizombwe to guard the infrastructure jealously against any form of abuse and vandalism because the facility will also serve as a meeting place to discuss issues affecting their animals with veterinary officials.
And Chizombwe village headman, Peter Sinyangwe, thanked government for constructing the livestock service centre that will be used to solve issues affecting their animals and urged his fellow farmers to utilise the facility.