Government has donated a 450 egg hatching incubator to the women in development cooperative group of Kabompo district in Northwestern province.
In the same vain , government has also donated eight bicycles to trained extension officers to help improve the monitoring of agriculture and livestock programmes in the district.
Speaking during the handover ceremony Kabompo district commissioner, Patrick Kasoka said government has made the donation because of the determination the women group has exhibited in the past.
Mr. Kasoka said government is determined to ensure the vulnerable but viable women are empowered and not left behind.
He has since appealed to the extension officers who received the bicycles to utilize them for the intended purpose to help increase the livestock productivity in the district.
“I want to encourage you to utilize this mode of transport prudently so that you help increase the livestock production in the district.
“Government will continue to support you in the agriculture sector as it regards it a key to diversifying the national economy”, he said.
And speaking at the same event women in development cooperative coordinator, Catherine Mukuma said that 18 women are also receiving chickens through a passover chicken programme initiated through a K26,000 constituency development fund allocation to the women.
Mrs. Mukuma thanked President Edgar Lungu for nominating Professor Nkandu Luo as his running mate proving that he values women participation in the development agenda.
Meanwhile, women in development cooperative chairperson, Idah Muyoyo said the group will ensure that the incubator benefits all other existing women groups through offering affordable hatching services in the district.
Ms. Muyoyo commended the district commissioner for choosing the women group for donation in the district.
And in a vote of thanks, Geoffrey Nkausu thanked government for the bicycles, saying it will improve working conditions of the extension works and motivate the officers.- ZANIS