ANIMAL production in Southern Province is headed for a major boost following Government’s decision to open up a Livestock Multiplication Centre in Sinazongwe.
Southern Province livestock production officer Muliyunda Mukumbuta said the centre was aimed at producing a multiplication of improved breeds of livestock such as cattle and goats for offloading to the farming community.
Mr Mukumbuta said the Ministry of Agriculture has embarked on various projects to ensure an increase in the livestock production.
He said construction of staff houses and an office block at Kanchindu Livestock Multiplication Centre has reached an advanced stage in which completion was anticipated within the next two months.
Mr. Mukumbuta said other infrastructures such as a heavy duty storeroom and installation of the spray race has been completed.
He said the installed spray race would assist in controlling and containing diseases at the breeding centre.
“Kanchindu Livestock Multiplication Centre aims to continuously produce improved breeds of livestock for offloading to the farming community and that is why there are programmes in place to ensure we have a good production,” he said.
Mr Mukumbuta said the livestock multiplication centre would improve breeding of goats and cattle and a good number of heifers (female cattle).
“The first calving of cattle is expected around this year, and therefore the breeds of livestock for offloading can only begin towards the end of next year,” he said.
He further said the Boer goat breeding stock being used was imported from Namibia while the Brahman, Boran and Tonga breeding stock of cattle at the centre was procured locally within Southern Province.