Villagers from Hwange’s Jambezi, Mwemba and Ndangababi communities have benefited from a training programme being implemented by the Veterinary Services Department and Environment Africa aimed at improving livestock production and creating a basis for the effective take-off of the National Command Livestock Programme.
The training programme is targeting the lead farmers from the different communities under Hwange Rural District and seeks to equip the beneficiaries with relevant skills for viable livestock production in line with the country’s goal to boost livestock products exports and ensuring poverty alleviation.
The programme is focused on disease control and prevention, breeding and appreciation of the provisions of the Animal Health Act.
The farmers said the knowledge gained is critical in improving livestock production and creating a firm foundation for the success of the National Command Livestock Programme.
Environment Africa Field Officer, Mr Richard Banda said the objective of the programme is to enhance food security and capacitate the lead farmers so that they can take a central role in the training of the other farmers in the different communities.
The country’s national herd has been on a steady increase and currently, small-holder farmers contribute the largest chunk of the national herd.
Agriculture experts said there is need to capacitate the small-holder farmers to ensure improved productivity.