Patriotic Front (PF) National Youth Chairperson Hon Kelvin Sampa has encouraged youths across the country to be productive and help in growing the country’s economy.
Hon Sampa, who is also Kasama Central Member of Parliament, said this in Lusaka on Wednesday when he launched the roadmap towards empowerment of the youths in Zambia in the livestock sector.
The PF government has received funding from IFAD and OFID towards the cost of the Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP).
The government is applying part of the proceeds of this funding to implement stocking and restocking interventions in all Provinces.
Hon Sampa said this is a great milestone in empowering the young people in the country as it will help in addressing the unemployment challenge which he says is among the challenges facing the youths.
He said the program targets 28,000 poor farmers organised in groups and interested in Livestock Agribusiness.
He said this includes 60% women headed households, 20% youths headed households and 20% mix of farmers (female in male headed households and also male farmers).
“The available livestock for this empowerment program include 800
Beef in-calf heifer, 80 Boran bulls, 700 Dairy in-calf heifer Crosses, 70 Dairy Bulls Pure, 45, 100 Goats, 1, 352 Bucks Local, 450 Boer Bucks, 290, 000 Chickens, (hens), 14, 500 Chickens, (Cockerels) 276 Pigs, and 27 Boers,” he highlighted.
He said His Excellency President Edgar Lungu places great importance on youth empowerment programs as seen with the launch of National Youth Policy and National Youth Action Plan.
He observed the need for the youths in the country to play a role in diversifying the economy by venturing in the agriculture sector from the usual mining.
He said his office will work closely with all youths across the country despite their political affiliation as it is aimed at helping all youths.
Hon Sampa, who was accompanied by Chinsali Member of Parliament Hon Kalalwe Mukosa, further said the program has been launched in Lusaka and will be rolled out to all the ten provinces of the country.