EU rolls out $1,6m for live­stock projects

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Oliver Kazunga Se­nior Busi­ness Re­porter

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

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