First Lady Esther Lungu says she will soon unveil a plan in which women will be rearing capital goats for export to Saudi Arabia.Mrs. Lungu says thousands of Zambian women are earmarked to benefit from the annual supply of one million goats to Saudi Arabia.
And the First Lady says once women to begin to be financially well, the cases of Gender Based Violence will reduce because men will see the benefits of their wives doing business.Speaking when she toured Rivendell farm in Luanshya this morning, Mrs. Lungu said the Saudi Arabian deal will also help women to continue providing for their families.
Last year, Saudi Arabia requested Zambia to start supplying one million goats per year to the Middle East country.
However, according to the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Zambia only has three million goats countrywide which can only be exhausted in three years once the Saudi Arabian deal is implemented.
Meanwhile, proprietor of Rivendell farm John Enright has disclosed that honey produced at the farm is now selling highly in countries such as South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique and the United Kingdom.Dr. Enright said his business which is also utilising out grower schemes for cassava farmers, is aimed at benefiting farmers who earn at least 10 thousand Kwacha per month from their individual sales.Dr. Enright also disclosed that he has invented a new type of bee hive which is receiving orders from across the world.
And Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Michael Katambo said government is interested in learning some of the latest farming methods which Rivendell farm is implementing.Mr. Katambo said local farmers in Luanshya are in great need of the methods the farm is using so that they can increase their productivity and earnings.