The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in collaboration with the National Food and Nutrition Commission has officially handed over a goat multiplication centre to beneficiaries in Kapilibila ward in Samfya District.

The goat multiplication centre was constructed with support from the National Food and Nutrition Commission’s 1st 1000 Most Critical Days Programme with the goal of increasing small livestock production in the district.

Speaking at the handover ceremony District Nutrition Support Coordinator (DNSC) Alexander Mwape says the centre will increase the availability of small livestock at household level in the district.

“The main aim of this activity is to increase the availability of small livestock at household level, this will contribute to the reduction of stunting levels among children,” he said.

The DNSC coordinator also revealed that the other purpose of the goat multiplication centre is to sustain the pass-on-a-gift programme to pregnant and lactating mothers being implemented by the ministry of livestock and fisheries.

Samfya district veterinary officer Dr. Kenneth Chawinga also noted that ownership by beneficiaries is the only way for the project to be sustainable.

“The members of the community will not want this centre to go to waste because of their involvement in its construction, hence their personal attachment to this project.”

And Samfya district commissioner Nason Bwalya also reiterated government’s commitment to fight stunting and malnutrition.

“This facility will serve as a nursery from which our target categories will access improved breeds of goats for further breeding at household level,” he said.

And of the beneficiaries had the beneficiaries Maureen Chama expressed pleasure at the construction of the new facility in her ward as it will also serve as a training centre for how to keep and breed small livestock.

Samfya district is one of the 14 districts currently implementing the 1st 1000 Most Critical Days Programme in the country.

 

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