Lungu to flag off export of goats to Saudi Arabia
By Staff Reporter
President Edgar Lungu is expected to officially flag off the export of goats to Saudi Arabia next month.
In a statement to the media Livestock Minister Kampamba Mulenga has revealed that this follows the completion of an import needs assessment that was carried out by the Saudi Arabian Government.
Kampamba said the assessment also indicates that the Saudi Government is not only interested in goats and sheep but beef too.
She said government has so far opened bulking centres in all the 10 provincial centres.
“I am happy to say that although it has taken too long, the benefits will be immense especially for the small scale farmers. This is an opportunity for farmers to get money for their hard earned labour, the bulking centres have been opened to help with mobility of the goats that will be delivered,” said Kampamba
She said so far Zambia has a population of about 9 million goats, making it easy to go into the export business with Saudi Arabia.
“Government will ensure that small scale farmers are protected from exploitation as they enter into this business. I attended the transited to Brussels to attend a conference on a goat plague called Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR). PPR is a viral disease of goats and sheep characterized by fever, sores in the mouth, diarrhoea, pneumonia and sometimes death,” she said
She said although Zambia did not experience such a disease, it was putting mechanisms to quarantine the borders to prevent the disease from spreading to Zambia.
“Government would lobby for funds from the EU to strengthen border surveillance and prevent the disease that is in the neighboring countries from spreading to Zambia,” she said.