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Malawi Govt To Revamp Livestock Markets

Written by  Written By Blessings KANG'OMBE May 08, 2017

Livestock farmers in the country can have a sigh of relief as government plans to revamp livestock markets.

This comes as livestock farmers continue face challenges finding markets for their livestock so to make profits out of their sales.

Before the latest move by government, farmers were forced to sell out their livestock to buyers at lower prices thus making losses.

Speaking to Capital FM, Lilongwe Agriculture Development Division (ADD) Programs Manager highlighted some of the challenges Malawian farmers face regarding markets for domestic animals.

George Kapelemera disclosed that since the markets were devolved it has proved to be a failure since farmers are making loses due to the scenario.

"Ministry of Agriculture through department of animal health and livestock development devolved livestock markets some years back as such experience has shown that our farmers are finding it difficult to realize profits.

"Therefore, the department is geared to revamp the markets so that our farmers are able to make profits from their sales," Kapelemera explained.

However, the Lilongwe ADD Programs Manager reveals that plans are also in the pipeline to revamp livestock dip tanks across the country.

He stated that when communities were being empowered to look after the dip tanks themselves, they were in a hurry hence livestock farmers are facing challenges to sustain them.

"We did not fully raise awareness messages to our farmers on how they will be able to sustain the facilities.

"Currently we will emphasize much on the sustainability of these dip tanks since most of them are not functioning," added Kapelemera.

Meanwhile, agriculture authorities in Ntcheu district have intensified awareness messages on livestock production in the district.

Ntcheu District Agriculture Development Officer stated that currently the office is encouraging farmers on the use of modern and improved kraals for their animals.

 

Martin Kamlomo is of the view that by adopting the new agriculture technologies, farmers will be able to increase livestock production at family level.

Last modified on Monday, 08 May 2017 14:46

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