Cooperatives receive solar incubators-Mpulungu

The Department of Livestock in Mpulungu district has handed over two solar incubators to two cooperatives under the Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment (E-SLIP) project.

The cooperatives have also been provided with solar panels and batteries to run the incubators.

Mpulungu District Commissioner Gehard Sikazwe handed over the equipment to Chipongwela and Lunzua livestock cooperatives.

He said the incubators have a capacity to hold about 1,500 eggs, stating that this can immensely turn around the population of chickens in communities.

Mr Sikazwe revealed that government has also empowered over 2,000 beneficiaries with 3,257 assorted livestock in Mpulungu.

He named some of the livestock that have been given as 2,247 village chickens, 992 goats and 15 pigs, all given under the stocking and restocking programmes.

Mr Sikazwe said this has been made possible by various government projects like the Lake Tanganyika Development Project and the Transforming Landscapes for Resilience and Development project.

And District Fisheries and Livestock Coordinator Mpundu Ngandwe urged the cooperatives to use the equipment to increase the livestock population.

Mr Ngandwe said the equipment being handled over has come with a cost hence the need for them to put it to good use.

He said the department will continue to monitor and offer support to cooperatives in order to ensure that the community realize the full benefit of the equipment.

Mr Ngandwe said the department will not hesitate to recommend for the repossession of the equipment if the beneficiary groups are underutilizing them.

He urged the communities to always consult field officers when they need assistance with the equipment.