The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has handed over a poultry business project to ex- inmates with a total cost of K815,400.00 which will be jointly run by two cooperatives, namely the Lusaka Central Cooperative (LUCECOOP) and the Zambia Ex-prisoners (ZAMEP) Multipurpose cooperative.
ZRA Commissioner General, Dingani Banda, said at the official handover of the project on Wednesday that the two cooperatives, in collaboration with the ZCS, presented a compelling poultry business proposal to the authority which it funded.
Banda explained that the invested amount was dedicated to the procurement of 2,000 point of lay chickens, 1,000 by 50kgs bags of feed, 80 feeders, 80 drinkers, 10 lighting bulbs and 20 cages.
Others were 300 egg trays, one veterinary kit, rent for two months and fuel for the transportation of eggs to the market.
“The selected business is in line with the agriculture sector, which is one of the four priority sectors outlines in the Eight National Development Plan.
In line with Government policy, the agriculture sector is highly incentivised as it is a gateway to employment creation, increased earnings for households and poverty alleviation,” Banda said.
Meanwhile, the ZCZ Commissioner General, Fredrick Chilukutu, appreciated ZRA for its instrumental role in bringing the poultry project to full sponsorship.
Chilukutu acknowledged that ZRA’s sponsorship went beyond mere financial assistance as it represented a significant investment in the successful reintegration of former inmates into society.
ZRA, he recalled, had been instrumental in aiding the correctional service with essential resources such as vehicles, mattresses, bedding, and sanitary tiles for our female inmates.
Chilututu stated that these contributions had significantly contributed to the delivery of high-quality and humane custodial services.
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