EU rolls out $1,6m for livestock projects
THE European Union (EU) has disbursed $1,6 million in the first half of 2016 against a $1 million target for the year in support of the smallholder livestock support programme.
The initiative is part of Government’s Livestock Policy, which is underpinned by robust development of the sub-sector.
“To this end, a total amount of $1.6 million has been disbursed towards these projects during the period January–June 2016, against a projection of $1 million for the year,” Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa said.
In his mid-term fiscal policy statement last week, the minister also reported that the national herd has risen to 5.528 million up from 5.477 million in the 2014/15 period.
Minister Chinamasa said the EU was supporting smallholder livestock through the rehabilitation of infrastructure that included 50 dip tanks, seven feedlots and 131 boreholes in Nkayi and Lupane districts, benefitting 40 000 households.
“In addition, the EU is also supporting the livestock value chain with the development of formalised markets as well as animal health and disease control,” he said.
Minister Chinamasa noted that despite the adverse effects of drought, livestock numbers across all categories have recovered with the