Monday, March 17, 2008
By Mutale Kapekele
Monday March 17, 2008 [03:00]
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has said cold chains should be introduced to livestock movement across districts. In an interview yesterday, Hichilema said cold chains were the answer to fighting livestock diseases in the country and that there was need for improved livestock diseases.
“There is a big problem of disease control in the country and the re-introduction of cold storage or refrigerated cold chain is the surest way of preventing livestock diseases spreading from district to district,” he said.
He said the country had potential to generate funds from livestock if cold storages were re-introduced.
“We have pasture in Luapula and some parts of Eastern Province lying idle. These places could be used for ranching and beef products can be exported to Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo who are currently importing beef from Brazil and Argentina.
The MMD is flat and can’t think about that,” said Hichilema.
Last year the government enforced a ban on livestock movement following the outbreak of the CBPP in Southern and Western Provinces. Currently there is a livestock movement ban in parts of Southern Province following the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease.