Thursday, April 26, 2007
By Fridah Zinyama
Thursday April 26, 2007 [04:01]
AGRICULTURE minister Ben Kapita has expressed optimism over the future of the poultry industry in Zambia. During the Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ) annual general meeting at Edinburg Hotel in Kitwe, Kapita said the future of the poultry industry was bright and that farmers should work towards entering new markets in the region.
Kapita said the government would ensure that poultry farmers and industries allied to the sector were given the necessary support to ensure growth.
He also urged farmer organisations to serve their members and uphold fundamental and basic principles critical for their sustainable existence.
“Government commends Poultry Association of Zambia’s vision of doubling the size of the Zambian poultry industry by 2008,” Kapita said. “Your vision for the industry will greatly contribute to the attainment of Millennium Development Goal meant to help eradicate poverty and hunger by 2015.”
And PAZ executive manager Mathews Ngosa revealed that the organisation was working with Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) to include poultry inputs and products on the bulk messaging system to help broaden their members’ access to new markets.