The Khuluma Usenza Women Club in Hwange’s Simangani ward has appealed to the government for consideration in the roll out of the Command Livestock Programme and is targeting to expand its goat rearing project in line with the  national vision to increase livestock exports.

The club is confident of making a significant contribution to the country’s goal of boosting livestock production and is looking forward to actively participate in the command livestock programme.

Khuluma Usenza Women Club chairperson, Mrs Edina Matshelela said the goat project has been instrumental in improving the livelihoods of members and has called for consideration under the command livestock project.

“Access to water is a big challenge for us and support in the rehabilitation of water infrastructure will be welcome,” Mrs Matshelela said.

Apart from the goat rearing project, the women have also set up a savings club.

Chairperson of the savings club, Mrs Nkwenje Phiri said the project is improving food and nutrition in the area, as well as uplifting the livelihoods of members.

A representative of the local civic society organisation, Environment Africa, Mr Peter Phiri is upbeat of growth of the initiative and pledged his organisation’s continued support in capacity building to ensure that objectives under the project are met.

The government’s national command livestock programme is expected to among other things, boost beef exports and contribute to the resuscitation of the leather industry.