Melo Media, Wednesday, 22nd November, 2023
Zambia’s livestock industry is a significant contributor to the country’s economy, and any disruption caused by the anthrax outbreak could have severe consequences. The Zambia Livestock Union is closely monitoring the situation and working with relevant authorities to mitigate the impact on the industry.
Several countries neighboring Zambia, including Botswana, Namibia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have recently issued warning alerts urging their citizens to refrain from consuming any meat products originating from Zambia.
Elias Nkhuwa, the Chairperson of Zambia Livestock Union, has expressed concern over the impact of a recent alert on the country’s meat exports. Despite local producers’ assurances of certification and inspections, Nkhuwa believes that the alert will have a negative effect on the industry.
In order to prevent the spread of the disease that is currently impacting the livestock sector, Mr. Nkhuwa has recommended that the government collaborate with the private sector to ensure that animals being transported possess appropriate documentation.
Elias Nkhuwa highlights the significant role of the livestock subsector in contributing nearly 50% to the agricultural sector’s GDP. This key subsector holds immense potential for reducing poverty, ensuring livelihood security, and fostering economic growth. It is crucial to safeguard this subsector from any potential threats that may arise.