Govt. planning to ban backyard poultry rearing

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Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Wylbur Simuusa says government has made significant progress regarding the re-organisation of the livestock sector in the country.

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Mr. Simuusa said this is because government is actively involving stakeholders in the sector in developing policy and programmes.

He said this in a speech read for him by his deputy Luxon Kazabu this in Lusaka today during the commemoration of World Egg day under the theme “crack an egg and help to crack hunger.”

He said government has also been consistent in the interaction and exchange of ideas with the Zambia National Farmers Union and its affiliated associations.

Mr. Simuusa pointed out that government was aware of the concerns of the farmers’ livestock levies and fees being charged by local authorities.

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He said government was also working on the ban of backyard poultry rearing especially in Lusaka.

Mr. Simuusa explained that the achievement of the Poultry Association of Zambia’s (PAZ) vision of doubling the size of the industry by 2019 will greatly contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

He said government attaches great importance to the capacity building of the farmers particularly the small scale farmers in the country.

Speaking earlier, PAZ chairman Rodney Sisala said the growth of the layers subsector in Zambia has been tremendous over the years.

Mr. Sisala said pullet chicks production has increased from K2 million in 2012 to K2.9 million in 2013, representing 45 percent increase.

He said the per capita consumption of eggs by an average Zambian is about 58 eggs per annum.

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