The status of the smallholder livestock sector in Zambia

By Mary Lubungu and Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka

The livestock sector contributes 3.2 % to the overall national GDP and 42% to the agricultural GDP (MAL et al., 2012).1 These figures exclude the contribution of animal draught power and manure. If all these are taken into account, the contribution to national GDP increases to 6.4%. However, official estimates by Central Statistical Office (CSO) of the livestock sector’s contribution to national and agricultural GDP are reported as 1.9% and 30% respectively. This is an indication that the value of livestock is officially underestimated. Despite the significant contribution to the national economy, the livestock is underfunded. Livestock budget allocation is only 17% of the total agriculture budget. The actual budget release is even much less.

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