Government has warned that it will prosecute anyone importing livestock breeds from outside the country that will compromise the national herd.
Minister of fisheries and livestock Kampamba Mulenga says importation of low-quality animal breeds is a criminal act and anyone involved will face the full wrath of the law.
Ms. Mulenga says government is ready to support stakeholders like the herd book society of Zambia and the farmers union on importation of quality breeding stock and sales of animals within the country.
Speaking at the 2018 Stanbic bank livestock auction at the show grounds Ms. Mulenga said her ministry is establishing artificial insemination satellite centers and livestock breeding centers countrywide to be used as sources of affordable breeding stock for
small scale farmers.
Sand Stanbic bank chief executive Leina Gabaraane said there is need for more investments in agriculture especially the livestock sector that is worth over One point five billion dollars in Zambia.
Mr. Gabaraane said Stanbic bank understands the potential that agriculture holds and is aligning itself to government’s diversification strategy from mining to agriculture.
He said Stanbic is demonstrating its capabilities as the largest financiers of agribusiness in Zambia with investments of over 2 billion kwacha in agriculture loans and advances.
Meanwhile, chairperson of the Herd book society of Zambia Chucky Cantley said the society has provided a platform where farmers across the country can now access livestock breeds that suit local and international standards.