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Jersey cows to help people in Zambia after Rwanda success

Jersey cows will be introduced to Zambia as part of a move to increase herds in the African continent.

The breed is sought after because of its nutrient-rich milk, ease of calving and an ability to adapt to extreme climates.

Zambia is the fourth African country to benefit from Jersey’s dairy aid programme which includes training for farmers.

Carolyn LabeyIMAGE SOURCE,JERSEY OVERSEAS AID
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Carolyn Labey, Jersey’s Minister for International Development, said she was “delighted” to start work in Zambia

Carolyn Labey, Jersey’s Minister for International Development, signed an agreement with Zambia’s Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.

The deal paves the way for Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) and partner the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society to begin work in Zambia later this year.

Ms Labey said it was a “pleasure to see our beloved Jersey cow lift so many people out of poverty”, and she was “delighted” to start work in Zambia.

His Excellency Makozo Chikote, Zambia’s Minister of Fisheries and Livestock with Jersey’s Minister for International Development, Deputy Carolyn Labey, signing the memorandum of understanding.IMAGE SOURCE,JERSEY OVERSEAS AID
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Makozo Chikote, Zambia’s Minister of Fisheries and Livestock with Jersey’s Minister for International Development, Deputy Carolyn Labey, signing the memorandum of understanding

The scheme involves the establishment of a gene bank in Zambia.

JOA said Jersey cows had transformed milk yields for “tens of thousands of smallholders” in Rwanda, Malawi and Ethiopia.

The JOA estimates that 10,000 families will benefit from the Zambia scheme.

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