REMARKS BY MUSIKA DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY, MR ROB MUNRO, DURING THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE NWK AGRI-SERVICES SPRAY RACES IN MUMBWA

HELD ON 27TH OCTOBER, 2015

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-       THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF NWK AGRI-SERVICES – MR PIERRE LOMBARD,

-       DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS,

-       LET ME SIMPLY SAY ‘ALL PROTOCOLS’ OBSERVED,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

MUSIKA IS DELIGHTED TO BE PART OF THIS SPECIAL OCCASION AT WHICH WE’RE WITNESSING THE LAUNCH OF AN INVESTMENT BY NWK AGRISERVICES THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE LEVELS OF PRODUCTIVITY OF SMALLHOLDER FARMERS HERE IN MUMBWA.

THE SUPPORT THAT MUSIKA HAS PROVIDED TO NWK AGRI-SERVICES, THROUGH OUR FUNDERS – THE SWEDISH EMBASSY IN LUSAKA AND THE UK GOVERNMENT’S DFID IN ZAMBIA – IS INTENDED TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO VETERINARY DRUGS, VETERINARY SERVICES, GENETICS AND NUTRITION PRODUCTS TO SMALLHOLDER LIVESTOCK FARMERS LIVING IN MORE REMOTE AREAS IN WHICH MANY COMPANIES FIND IT DIFFICULT TO OPERATE. ABOVE ALL, THIS INTERVENTION WILL EQUIP FARMERS WITH TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND TRAINING ON MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TO HELP THEM MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR LIVESTOCK BUSINESSES

AS A NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION THAT STIMULATES AND SUPPORTS PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN THE SMALLHOLDER MARKET, MUSIKA’S ROLE - AS WITH ALL ITS INVESTMENTS - IS TO DEMONSTRATE THE BUSINESS POTENTIAL THAT EXISTS IN THE SMALLHOLDER MARKET.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PRIVATE VETERINARY MARKET IN ZAMBIA HAS BEEN ONE OF MUSIKA’S PRIORITIES FOR SEVERAL YEARS, AS WE BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT THE SMALLHOLDER LIVESTOCK SECTOR HAS PERFORMED FAR BELOW ITS POTENTIAL WITH HIGH LEVELS OF DISEASE AND MORTALITY CRIPPLING WHAT SHOULD BE A HIGHLY VALUABLE PART OF THE SMALLHOLDER ECONOMY. WE HAVE SEEN ELSEWHERE THAT ACCESS TO GOOD QUALITY PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND INFORMATION HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON THE PRODUCTIVITY OF THE SMALLHOLDER CATTLE HERD AND THUS ON THE LIVELIHOODS OF FARMERS BUYING THESE SERVICES.

IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT MUSIKA HAS SUPPORTED NWK AGRI-SERVICES IN REDUCING THE BUSINESS RISKS INVOLVED IN EXPLORING, TESTING, AND DEVELOPING THIS NEW MARKET BY SHARING OF SOME OF THE HIGH COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SIX FULLY EQUIPPED LIVESTOCK SERVICE CENTRES AND THE PROVISION OF AN EFFECTIVE EXTENSION SERVICE SUPPORT TO THE FARMING COMMUNITY.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, MUSIKA AIMS TO ACHIEVE A WIN-WIN RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FARMERS AND OUR PRIVATE AGRIBUSINESS PARTNERS. IN THIS REGARD, THE INTERVENTION WILL NOT ONLY BRING VETERINARY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AT THE FARMER’S DOORSTEP, BUT WILL ENHANCE KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND PRODUCT INFORMATION NECESSARY TO IMPROVE LEVELS OF PRODUCTIVITY AND INCOME FOR MANY HOUSEHOLDS.

ON BEHALF OF THE MANAGEMENT OF MUSIKA, I WISH TO COMMEND NWK AGRI-SERVICES FOR ADDING TO YOUR BUSINESS PORTIFOLIO THE PROVISION OF LIVESTOCK VETERINARY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. THIS IS AN EXPRESSION OF YOUR COMMITMENT TO SEEKING SOLUTIONS THAT PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL SCALE AND EMERGENT FARMERS TO GRADUATE OUT OF POVERTY.

AS I CONCLUDE, I WOULD LIKE TO URGE THE FARMERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY BY MAKING USE OF THESE SERVICES THAT WILL HELP YOU DIVERSIFY AND IMPROVE YOUR FARMING BUSINESSES.

I THANK YOU ALL!