Malawi Vice-President Khumbo Kachali on Tuesday launched the one cow-per-family project to promote beef and milk production.
The launch took place at Ng’ombe Primary School in Traditional Authority Kalumo in the central Malawi district of Ntchisi.
Speaking at the event, Kachali urged agriculture officials to provide the necessary drugs to the cows so that they should not die but benefit rural families.
He told the gathering that the aim of the project is to empower every family to become self-reliant.
“I want to tell you all agriculture officials, particularly those in animal health, that when you receive complaints about the health of these cows, you should rush to provide treatment in good time before the condition worsens so that those who have received the cows today should also share this to others tomorrow to ensure that the project benefits the whole area,” Kachali said.
He further urged farmers to take care of the cows to enjoy the products such as manure, milk, beef and money realised after sale of same. This in turn will help them to become financially independent.
During the launch, Kachali handed over 30 cows to 30 families.
In his speech, Member of Parliament for Ntchisi South, who is also Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Ulemu Chilapondwa, thanked government for the gesture.
Launched by President Joyce Banda in Phalombe in February 2013, the project will be run in various districts in the country. —Mana