Government has directed the board of trustees at the Livestock Development Trust (LDT) to resuscitate business and training programmes at its centers to enhance sustainable development of the livestock sector.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Kampamba Chewe says the livestock institutions under LDT need to be run viably because they provide quality and affordable breeding stock critical to government’s programme of livestock stocking and restocking.
Mrs. Chewe was speaking when she inaugurated the new board of Livestock Development Trust at Keembe Piggery in Chibombo District.
She challenged the trustees to come up with a marketing strategy within a month that will ensure farmers have access to quality livestock breeds within their localities.
The Livestock Development Trust Board was dissolved in 2015 and manages Palabana Dairy Training Institute, Mochipapa research center, Harmony farm and Keembe piggery under a private public partnership programme.
The new board of trustees will be chaired by Lazarous Chota and assisted by Mukwandi Chibesakunda from NATSAVE Bank.
The other trustees include Martha Chanda, Evaristo Chanda, Francis Mpulamasaka, Dr. Yona Sinkala and Dr. Benson Mwenya.
And Livestock Development Trust Director Renford Gombwa said the trust has in the past three years lost funding from cooperating partners who raised governance concerns due to the none existence of a board.
Meanwhile, LDT Board of Trustees Chairperson Lazarous Chota said time has come for Zambians to raise the standards in the livestock sector and make agriculture the key driver of the economy.
Speaking in a vote of thanks of made on his behalf by board Vice Chairperson Mukwandi Chibesakunda, Mr. Chota said the board will come up with a business model and introduce a vertical integration at all its institutions.