Fisheries and Livestock Minister Nkandu Luo has launched the Simdach Village Chicken Commercialisation programme aimed at improving the livestock sector.
Professor Luo has expressed optimism over the empowerment programme, saying it will go a long way in helping smallholder farmers across the country to own village chickens, thereby increasing their incomes.
Speaking during the event in Chibombo district, Professor Luo emphasised the need for women and youths to get fully involved in livestock production as it is the only sure way to reducing poverty.
She commended Simdach for supplementing government efforts in boosting village chicken production which has available market in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.
And SIMDACH Poultry Farms programme Director Simon Sikabanze said the organisation has so far trained 7,000 small scale farmers in good management practices of birds such as village chickens and black Australorps among others.
Meanwhile, Zambia National Union of Teachers -ZNUT- Director Samuel Nyirenda has encouraged teachers in the country to engage in poultry farming in order to sustain their livelihood.