President Michael Sata has directed newly appointed deputy minister of agriculture in charge of animal husbandry Luxon Kazabu to carry a stock of the number of animals such as goats in the Eastern, Western, Southern and North-Western provinces.
President Sata said that the 4 provinces have a lot of goats which can be slaughtered and sold to the Middle East where there is demand for goat meat. The President said that there are a lot of countries especially in the Middle East that have shown interest to start importing livestock such as goats from Zambia.
President Sata notes that Mr. Kazabu should take time to make the people of southern province understand what government policies are on the country’s agriculture sector especially how they can work with the government in finding a market for the meat products.
Mr. Sata directed Mr. Kazabu to urgently take an audit of the number of livestock across the country so that Zambia enters into joint meat commissions with other countries.
Mr Sata also claimed that the opposition has dented the image of the government because of the bad things that some political parties have continued to tell the people in the area diverting their attention from things of national important.
President Sata was speaking at statehouse this morning when he swore-in Mr. Kazabu.
And President Michael Sata has directed the Ministry of Works, Supply, and Transport to work out modalities on the construction of rural roads, which are cost effective and suitable for chiefdoms.
Mr. Sata said that he is keen to ensure that rural roads receive attention as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, President Sata has urged traditional leaders to give land to genuine investors. Mr. Sata said this was because some chiefs have been allergic to land development and mineral prospecting for more than one hundred years.
The President said this in a speech read for him by Vice President Guy Scott at the official opening of the House of Chiefs in Lusaka on Wednesday.
And House of Chiefs Chairperson Chief Madzimawi says traditional leaders should be involved in formulating proposals on the construction of rural roads in chiefdoms.