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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Zambian livestock eyeing the European market

The Zambian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Emmanuel Chenda, has recently declared that the country is set to participate in the international market for livestock products with a cattle population of over three million. Although Zambia has been regularly exporting to a few regional markets, international markets like the EU have not been exploited due to cattle diseases.
In the minister's own words: “One of the challenges that the livestock value chain is facing is inadequate access to foreign markets for our livestock products. This is due to the fact that we cannot export to the EU market and other markets in the region since Zambia is not considered to be a disease-free zone”.
According to the Zambia Daily Mail, Mr. Chenda stressed that Commodity-Based Trade (CBT) is a popular option for improving market-access for African meat exports, focusing on the health and safety attributes of the product rather than the disease status of the country of origin.
The minister called upon the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) secretariat to help gain the support of other member states within the region and beyond, with the aim of increasing trading opportunities.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail