$50m World Bank cash to benefit 400,000 farmers


GOVERNMENT has signed a US$50 million (about K260 billion) loan agreement with the World Bank for livestock development and animal health project.The project is set to benefit over 400,000 small-scale farmers with a bias towards women in Eastern, Southern and Western provinces.The bias towards women is a result of the past experience of working with women who successfully executed projects in the sector. The project will also cover the disease-free zone made up of Central and Lusaka provinces and parts of  Copperbelt Province.In addition, one million farmers who keep livestock will benefit indirectly from the project, through improved control of animal diseases.Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda signed on behalf of Government while World Bank country representative Kundhavi Kadiresan signed for the bank.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr Chikwanda said government’s overall plan and ambition is to provide dip tanks in all areas with high concentration of cattle.

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