PARTICIPATORY Ecology Land Use Management (PELUM) has called on governments in developing countries to critically look into the plight of small scale farmers. Speaking at the just ended symposium for small scale farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa, PELUM Association chairperson Charles Nyakora Onyango said governments should aim to implement policies that will help farmers develop. He said small scale farmers have the potential to bring about development in rural areas.
A University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Veterinary Medicine professor has urged government to continue investment in research on infectious diseases in the country. Professor Aaron Mweene told the Lusaka Star in an interview that increased investment in infectious disease research would ensure the country be better prepared to handle infectious diseases such as the Ebola virus which was declared an international health emergency last year.
THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has expressed confidence that Lusaka will maintain a cholera-free record this year as the local authority has put in place deliberate sanitation measures that will prevent the possibility of any cholera outbreak. Last year, Lusaka province did not record any cholera case during the rainy season despite floods that hit the city.
SOME Lusaka pork traders are grieved over the ban on movement and trade of pig and pork products in Lusaka Province. This was after the Minister of Agriculture, Corporative and Livestock, Bob Sichinga announced the ban explaining that the ban was due to an outbreak of African swine flue. One Lusaka City Market pork trader Florence Mulenga told the Lusaka Starin an interview that the ban would negatively affect her business.
Ndola City Council (NCC) through the Department of Environment, Community and Health Services has embarked on a dog registration exercise to rid the Copperbelt Provincial capital of stray dogs. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, NCC Public Relations Officer, Louise Maonde said the exercise is being carried out as council’s response to the numerous complaints from Ndola residents about stray dogs.