Africa’s largest trading bloc has come up with a policy framework aimed at raising livestock production and productivity, a statement emailed to Xinhua on Thursday said.


The Lusaka-headquartered Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has produced the livestock policy framework that will help and guide member states raise livestock production and productivity to a level that meets the projected demands.

While acknowledging that Africa was experiencing changes in many sectors of the economy, the statement said the livestock sector has continued recording low performances largely due to poor funding from both the public and private sector.

This was despite the fact that about 300 million Africans depend on the sector for food security, livelihood, employment and income generation, it added.

The said policy will facilitate secured access to basic production inputs in order to engage in productive use of livestock assets, support coordinated and harmonized control of trans-boundary animal diseases and ensure resilience to risks and shocks to secure livestock assets.

The policy will also ensure sustainable livestock production, productivity and competitiveness in order to be responsive and adaptable to changing market conditions and consumer demands and also facilitate support to enhance livestock and livestock product trade among member countries.

“Once adopted and implemented, the COMESA Livestock Policy Framework is expected to help enhance livestock production and trade in livestock and livestock products,” the statement said. Enditem


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