Zambeef launches the Smallholder Cattle Development project in Mbala

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 Mpika District Commissioner, Kedrick Sikombe, cuts the ribbon to officially launch the Smallholder Cattle Development project at Kawimbe camp livestock service centre in Mbala. Photos: Courtesy of Pamela Hamasaka


The intervention will also help to equip farmers with technical knowledge and training on management practices to improve the productivity of their herds, with Zambeef providing an assured and transparent off-take market to supply its abattoir in Mbala.

Speaking at the launch held in Kawimbe camp in Mbala district on Wednesday 9th August 2017, Zambeef Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr Felix Lupindula, said that Zambia’s farmers were a vital link for ensuring food security and agricultural development in the country.

“If we aim to seriously grow in the agro-processing sector as a country, we must deliberately groom and equip our farmers to compete in the current market where maximised productivity and sustainability go hand-in-hand,” Mr Lupindula said.

He said that Zambeef partnership with Musika would equip smallholder cattle farmers with relevant management skills, and

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Part of the cattle that received their first wash at Kawimbe camp spray race

educate them in good animal husbandry practices, herd health and breeding techniques. This would enable them to better manage their resources and maximise their returns.

“The reinforcement of commercial relationships between Zambeef and smallholder farmers will result in multiple benefits, with farmers accessing a ready market for cattle, technology and knowledge transfer, infrastructural development, and forward pricing,” he said.

Musika supported Zambeef with equipment to establish seven livestock service centres in Mbala, and helped to strengthen the company’s strategic alliance between Leloisa Veterinary Services and Afrivet by supporting the provision of training, veterinary and extension services to farmers.

Musika estimates that over 500 smallholder cattle farmers would participate in, and benefit from, this supply chain once it was fully operational.

In his remarks, Mbala District Commissioner Mr Kedrick Sikombe observed that the intervention will enhance government efforts towards diversifying the agriculture sector.