Zimbabwean local farmers spend $6.2million to import 74 percent of cattel
By Azania Post Reporter
Zimbabwe farmers have spent $6.2 million to import 74 percent of cattle in three years in a bid to end the plunging , the Herald has reported.
The aim of the business, according to media reports is part of efforts to improve breeding efficiency, which has dwindled for years.
The government statistical agency of Zimbabwe ZimStat has revealed that the breeding has plunged but the $6.4 million worth cattle were bought between January 2016 and November 2017.
Quoted by the local paper, The Herald at the launch of the $300 million Command Livestock Programme which aims to improve breeds, pastures as well as curb the effect of diseases, Vice-President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga, said Government had already set aside $80million for the Special Livestock, Fisheries and Wildlife Programme and is now mobilising $220 million from the private sector.
“Government has since identified the need for funding to the tune of over $300 million, “said Chiwenga.
He said already $80million have been acquired by the government and the rest $220million will be sourced later.
According to the Vice president (Rtd) said the $80millionwill enable national parks to establish red and green zones.