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Price Surge Delays AIP Livestock Distribution

The Ministry of Agriculture says livestock distribution under the Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP) has started at a slow pace in all the districts.

The ministry's principal secretary, Dickxie Kampani, said on Wednesday that the program started late due to a surge in the price of goats.

Kampani has, however, assured that "the program will go on until it finishes."

"The program started late but has started in all the districts albeit slow pace. One of the obvious challenges is the price of goats. But this is a program that will go on until it finishes. Preparation for live animals is very critical," he said.

Apart from 1.5 million smallholder farmers benefiting from this year's K109.8 billion AIP, the government is also distributing 9,750 female goats to families.

A beneficiary is contributing price of K15,000 each per the goat.

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