Government says it will step up wildlife conservation in the country through partnerships with stakeholders willing to enhance capacity and transfer knowledge, skills and technology.
Tourism and Arts Minister Charles Banda said he will study Mushingashi Game Farm’s 50 percent partnership offer to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to promote wildlife conservation.
Speaking during a meeting at his office with Mushingashi Game Farm owner, Tourism Minister pointed out that the partnership can help reduce poaching because communities will own the wildlife resources.
Mr. Banda said that government has since started engaging traditional leaders to get involved in initiatives like game ranching.
And Paul Jones, Chairman of Tudor Investment Corporation, who is owner of Mushinganshi Game Farm said the partnership will bring great benefits to the entire Kafue Ecosystem.
Mr. Jones said once concluded, the partnership will be the signature of Zambia’s tourism and the restart of game ranching in the country.
He said his vision is to restore and enhance Mushingashi’s biodiversity and cooperate with its neighbours and partners to enhance the development and long-term integrity of the Kafue National Park ecosystem.
And former Secretary to the Cabinet Evans Chibiliti who is a partner in the initiative said the partnership will assure government of continuous revenue.
Mushingashi Game Farm is expected to invest over US$ 1 million this year for among others procurement of vehicles, heavy equipment, road, power lines, fencing and other construction projects.