Government, through the Program for Luapula Agricultural and Rural Development (PLARD), has started delivering billy and nanny goats (male and female) goats to vulnerable groups of Kawambwa district valued at thousands of Kwacha.
Senior Livestock and Production Officer, Stanley Chibwe, has confirmed the development to ZANIS in Kawambwa and said that this was in an effort to create capital base and reduce poverty among the vulnerable groups in the district.
Mr Chibwe also delivered 50 male goats to the former dairy farm known as Mumpisa for quarantine before being distributed to the beneficiaries.
He said the male goats have been procured from Batoka in Southern Province while the other 50 female goats will be procured locally.
Mr Chibwe noted that the programme, which will be done on pass-on basis after the animals give birth, is under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and aimed at empowering people or households that do not have resources.
According to Mr Chibwe the 100 male and female goats will benefit 50 households and each household will receive three female goats and one male goat.
However, Mr Chibwe said the quarantined goats would be dewormed and dipped to remove ticks and otherdiseases. Meanwhile, district agricultural coordinator (DACO), Davis Mwansasu, has urged the households that have been selected to benefit from the programme to start preparing for cot houses as distribution of goats will soon start.