PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has assured the people of Namwala that Government will do everything possible to ensure that the district becomes Zambia’s livestock and fisheries hub.
He has since directed the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to be proactive to ensure that his desire bears fruit.
President Lungu said this when he met four traditional leaders at Corner Point Lodge and later reiterated similar sentiments when he addressed a public rally at Namwala Market ground yesterday.
“I want to make sure that using the water bodies around here, we are able to have enough fish to feed Zambia. I would like the ministry to encourage small-scale farming of fish in the backyard,” he said.
President Lungu said the Government would ensure that livestock in the area was vaccinated to prevent diseases, livestock restocking and encourage small-scale fish farming.
He was hopeful that once the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries implemented those measures, they would enable the area have adequate livestock and fish for local consumption and surplus for export.
“I want Namwala and Kafue plains to become a livestock centre in Zambia so that we can have enough animals to be consumed locally and to be exported abroad,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional leaders, Chief Mukobela praised President Lungu for setting the record of meeting people in the area at district level when previous leaders opted to meet people at provincial stage.
Chief Mukobela was also happy that the Government was vaccinating livestock to prevent diseases such as foot and mouth.
Other traditional leaders present were Senior Chief Bright Nalubamba, Senior Chief Mungaila and Chief Machila.