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Artificial Insemination Project Handed Over

The Czech Republic has assisted in the establishment of an artificial insemination centre, to help raise livestock productivity in the Republic of Zambia. The artificial insemination project was officially launched in the Southern Zambian town of Mazabuka on 12. 9. 2013.

The Zambian government was represented by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Luxon Kazabu, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, senior representatives of the Southern Province, town officials from Mazabuka and the area’s traditional chief.

Charge d’Affaires e.p. Petr Starý representing the Czech Republic acknowledged the positive results achieved by the project implementer, Impuls. He highlighted the special position Zambia occupies within the Development Cooperation of the Czech Republic in the Sub-Saharan region. According to Mr. Stary within the Zambian context of Czech Development Cooperation, a special attention is paid to the Western and Southern Provinces.

CDA Petr Stary emphasized the scope of the cooperation, including the increasing number of Zambian students on Czech government scholarships and the significant number of small local projects implemented in Zambia every year courtesy of sponsorship   by the Czech Republic. Representatives of the Czech Development agency also participated at the official launch.

Luxon Kazabu thanked the Czech Republic for the invaluable support that it gave for the establishment of the centre. He rated the project highly since livestock production plays a significant role in the Zambian economy.

The project saw the establishment of an insemination station and a laboratory in Mazabuka from September 2011. The station was for the production of frozen insemination dosages and the samples were analyzed in laboratory. At the same time a gene bank was opened, the system of field insemination introduced accompanied by the training of local workers. After the success of this project, Impuls is not leaving Zambia but will continue in Mazabuka with another related project. The government of the Czech Republic will sponsor the project, but this time the project will also cover other Zambian provinces.