Lilongwe — People's Party (PP) with a nation-wide breeding and multiplication of livestock programme has managed to double cattle population from 650, 000 to 1.2 million and goat population from 3.4 to 5.4 million.
This has been revealed in the PP's manifesto for the 2014 - 2019 which says the party recognizes that the livestock sub sector has the potential to play a significant role in the country's economy.
"Livestock constitutes a very important part of food and nutrition security. It is a reliable source of income through sales of animals and animal products and it produces some products such as milk and meat," reads part of the manifesto.
The PP observe in their manifesto that despite the fact that products such as hides and skins are used as raw materials for industrial development and many economic benefits, recent governments had not given the livestock subsector the attention it deserved.
The manifesto says President Dr. Joyce Banda seeks to reserve the trend by promoting policies aimed at improving the country's livestock population adding that PP would also enhance production and commercialization of livestock through the proposed agricultural investment bank.
On the same, the manifesto reveals that the party would continue rehabilitating dip tanks and livestock holding grounds, improving coordination and implementing livestock services through public private partnerships.
The manifesto also says the PP government would facilitate the establishment of a regulatory body to over-see the livestock, meat and dairy industry and encourage smallholder farmers to take livestock production as a business.
"The party will promote financial services and enabling environment for private sector participation in production, processing and marketing of livestock and livestock products as well as promoting investment in local feed production for livestock," the manifesto reads further.
The party will also revive extension services, training, research and farmer empowerment interventions necessary to bring about the technological innovations that are required to commercialize livestock in an environmentally sustainable manner.