Zambia calls for more investments in animal vaccines

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Sacrificial animals are seen at a livestock market set for the upcoming Muslim sacrificial festival Eid al-Adha, 60 km north of Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 19, 2015. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and in commemoration of Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)
Sacrificial animals are seen at a livestock market set for the upcoming Muslim sacrificial festival Eid al-Adha, 60 km north of Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 19, 2015. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and in commemoration of Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

The Zambian government has called on both local and foreign investors to establish production plants for animal vaccines in the country to help respond to the outbreak of livestock diseases.

Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Makozo Chikote said Tuesday that the availability and supply of vaccines are the key to growing Zambia’s national herd. “We are set to end shortages of animal vaccines to grow our national herd in Zambia.”

Talking about the population of livestock in the country, Chikote said the country is striving to increase the herd from 4.6 million head at present while urging local and foreign investors to invest in livestock production to help grow the national food basket.

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