Friday, 8th May 2021 – Kasama.
Launching another $50,000 GEO Poultry Project at Lukashaya Trades Training Institute in Kasama, Higher Education Minister Engineer Dr Brian Mushimba has called on the Institution management to scale up training and entrepreneurial activities. Dr Mushimba was grateful to witness the true empowerment of tangible results from the launched poultry project.
Minister Mushimba commended the Institute for the vibrant project and called for collective robust innovative efforts and dedication to resources through planned strategic actions by working with the private sector as evidenced.
Dr Mushimba told the principal to define challenges the institution was experiencing with viable solutions, innovative ideas and plans.
Honourable Mushimba thanked the investor’s GEO Petroleum and the college leadership for the tireless efforts demonstrated in the venture.
Minister Musbimba believes that entrepreneurial education and training provides individuals with the ability to recognize commercial opportunities, improve self – esteem, enhance knowledge and skills, especially that the Government under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu has created an enabling environment for both local and foreign investors evidenced by the level of investment witnessed in the country.
Minister Mushimba knows that these ventures will lead to job creation among the youths. He added that with the recently launched TEVET policy the Ministry has embarked on imparting entrepreneurial skills to Zambian youths as espoused in the 7NDP.
Honourable Mushimba was grateful that the investment was not only important for Lukashya Trades Training Institute but also for the Kasama community.
Minister Mushimba said through the project the local youths are being empowered with a two-year craft certificate course in general agriculture, specialising in poultry production for entrepreneurship development.
Dr Mushimba explained that the project has three poultry houses including an incubator of 3, 168 egg capacity, one single phase generator, one feed mixer, one feed pellet machine, one hummer mill, 1,000 layers, 500 broilers and 20 kuroilers.
And In his welcoming remarks, read by a representative, Northern Province Minister Honourable Bwalya Chungu was grateful for the partnership between GEO Petroleum and Lukashya Trades poultry project emanating from the foundations of Northern Province Investment Expo.
Honourable Chungu expressed happiness as the poultry produced from the investment is helping reduce poverty at household level from the poultry project infrastructure and products especially eggs supplied to a local supermarket Full Best. He added that the hammermill was also producing mealie meal that is sold to the community for consumption.
In her speech, Lukashya Trades Training Institute Principal Monica Kanini said Lukashya Trades Institute poultry production has moved from subsistence to commercial level responding to pillar number seven of poverty reduction as espoused in the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).
Mrs Kanini said Lukashya Trades has trained the community members in poultry production and poultry housing construction under the project to impart skills that are now responding positively to trained students. The trainees are now actively engaged in poultry entrepreneurial activities and making a difference by earning a living out of the income realised.
Mrs Kanini said the institution’s poultry production end products, eggs and chickens, are supplied to the local community and entrepreneurs.
And Chief Executive Officer GEO Petroleum Dr Sixtus Mulenga said the importance of the project is to demonstrate the tangible results of the investment through such robust result-orientated collaborations.
Dr Mulenga called for continuity in the development of such projects in the country.
Chanda Muwowo – MoHE Public Relations Office