Co­op­er­a­tive gets K33, 000 for chicken project

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Home News - By BUUMBA CHIMBULU

MORE than K33, 000 has been dis­bursed to Many­owe Co­op­er­a­tive of Mpika Dis­trict by Gov­ern­ment un­der the Small­holder Agribusi­ness Pro­mo­tion Pro­gramme (SAPP).

The K33, 000 is out of the to­tal grant of K120, 000 un­der SAPP.

SAPP, jointly sup­ported by Gov­ern­ment and the In­ter­na­tional Fund for Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment (IFAD) is aimed at in­creas­ing the out­put of small-scale pro­duc­ers across the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to Many­owe Co­op­er­a­tive chair­per­son, Web­ster Mu­tale, the co­op­er­a­tive was one of the two ap­pli­cants that had ben­e­fited from the match­ing grant un­der SAPP.

Mr Mu­tale said the co­op­er­a­tive had ap­plied for a group based match­ing grant un­der the small scale win­dow in 2015 and its con­cept note on im­proved breeds of vil­lage chicken rear­ing was suc­cess­fully ap­proved in 2016.

He was speak­ing in an in­ter­view in Lusaka.

“Out of the 10 ap­pli­cants for match­ing grant un­der SAPP, Many­owe co­op­er­a­tive is one of the two co­op­er­a­tives in Mpika dis­trict that ben­e­fited from the pro­gramme.

“The ap­proved to­tal project cost was K120, 000. SAPP con­tri­bu­tion was sup­posed to be K96, 000 while the ben­e­fi­ciary Co­op­er­a­tive con­tri­bu­tion was 20 per cent of the to­tal project cost, we man­aged to ob­tain K33, 600 from the project and con­trib­uted the re­quired 20 per cent in the project,” Mr Mu­tale said.

He said the break­down of the con­tri­bu­tion was 10 per cent in cash and the other 10 per cent in form of labour and build­ing ma­te­ri­als.

Mr Mu­tale was hop­ing that the new project, En­hanced Small­holder Agribusi­ness Pro­mo­tion Pro­gramme (E-SAPP) could pro­vide the re­main­ing bal­ance to en­able the co­op­er­a­tive to pur­chase more chicken, egg in­cu­ba­tor and sink a bore­hole.

He said the co­op­er­a­tive had so far man­aged to set up a poul­try house and fenced the project site.

Mr Mu­tale said cur­rently, the co­op­er­a­tive was us­ing its funds to pur­chase chick­ens for sale.

Poul­try farm­ing

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