(NAIS ) The Golden Valley Research Trust Batoka Livestock Development Centre has constructed two solar powered boreholes and water troughs with capacity to handle about 1,550 cattle and 800 goats in Batoka.
GART Executive Director MARTIN MUYUNDA says the solar powered boreholes and water troughs were constructed for the local communities around the Centre as a Corporate Social Investment.
Dr. MUYUNDA said the locals in Chief COOMA’s chiefdom were driving their cattle and small livestock to the Batoka Livestock Development Centre to access water.
He explained that the local communities participated in deciding the location of the boreholes and water troughs.
Fisheries and Livestock Permanent Secretary ANNA SONGOLO says Corporate Social Investment undertaken by the Batoka Livestock Development Centre is something that other institutions in business should pursue.
Dr. SONGOLO noted that the construction of the troughs and boreholes is a technology transfer to small-scale farmers in the area.
She expressed happiness that the farmers who entirely depended on the Batoka Livestock Development Centre have clean and safe drinking for them and their livestock.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture GREEN MBOZI says the construction of solar powered boreholes and water troughs is a way of providing a service to the communities, who were illegally accessing water at Batoka Livestock Development Center.
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