Misamfu Research Station of Kasama has given out about 30 boar- goats to several farmers in Luwingu district of the Northern province.
Station livestock research Officer Tempa Kasamu handed over the improved breeds to the farmers from Chifwile and Bwalinde wards in Luwingu on behalf of the government.
ZANIS reports that in an interview after the handover, Mr Kasamu said the introduction of the new improved boar breeds to local farmers was for the purposes of cross–breeding to improve the local breed.
Mr. Kasamu who was accompanied by Misamfu livestock research technician Nalubutu Mubiana said their institution had partnered with Self Heal Africa – a local Irish funded NGO- to assist the local farmers improve their skills in agriculture.
He said the cross-breeding of the exotic boar goats with local ones will enhance the livestock sector in the region.
Mr. Kasamu appealed to farmers to take advantage of the programme and improve their goat production in their respective areas.
And beneficiaries of the programme commended the government for the empowerment, saying it will go a long way in improving their livelihoods.
A beneficiary, Telesphore Chisala said the farmers will also utilize skills from their training to multiply their goats.
Chisala said the gesture will go a long way in improving the nutrition and financial standards of farmers in Luwingu.
Other areas earmarked to benefit from the program are Mbala and Kasama.