ANIMAL SCIENCE RESEARCH CENTRE

Animal Science Research is Located in Chilanga, and houses the following Laboratories:

Livestock Productivity and Disease Control laboratory

Livestock Productivity and Disease Control Programme was merged with the predecessor of the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research in 1970 at the dissolution of the Agricultural Research Council of Zambia.
The Programme was established in 1967. Research activities have in the past concentrated on identification, elucidation and suggestion of solutions to problems that adversely affect livestock health and reproduction especially in the traditional/peasant sector.
Research activities were focused on broad areas of reproduction patterns of local breeds of cattle, management practices, nutrition and pasture, distribution and seasonal activity of ticks, and ecology, biology and population dynamics of tsetse.

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Later Myco-toxicology was added to the centre. The programme aims at improving livestock productivity through integrated appropriate technologies and to provide quality and effective research and development services to the livestock sector for improved agricultural production and food security.

programme aims at improving livestock productivity through integrated appropriate technologies and to provide quality and effective research and development services to the livestock sector for improved agricultural production and food security.

National Biotechnology Laboratory

The Laboratory was officially inaugurated by His Excellency Levy Patrick Mwanawasa SC on 29th April 2007 as a result of bilateral cooperation between the Governments of Zambia and Norway. The Laboratory is equipped to carry out genetic assays to screen for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) contamination in agricultural imports and exports. Analytical services in GMO testing (seeds and processed foods) are provided to the public.

The mandate of the Biotechnology is to contribute to the sustainable development of the country through prudent development and application of biotechnology. Since then Biotechnology: Contribute to the sustainable development of the country through prudent use and application of biotechnology; Livestock Productivity and Disease Control: Provide quality and effective research and development services to the livestock sector for improved agricultural production and food security; Sustainable Use of Underutilized Genetic Resources: Conduct research in the sustainable use of underutilized genetic resources and promote conservation of biodiversity; Water Energy and Environment: Undertake research and development activities in water, energy and environment in order to ensure their sustainable utilization in national socio-economic development.

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To be a lead institution in providing scientific and technological solutions for sustainable socio-economic development of the nation