Livestock Productivity and Disease Control

The Livestock Productivity and Disease Control 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. Later myco-toxicology was added to the centre.

Programme Aim

The laboratory carries out research related to traditional livestock with the aim of improving livestock productivity through appropriate technologies and offers consultancy in areas such as; 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.

Mycotoxicology Laboratory

Has a mycotoxin testing capability and offers analytical services in qualitative analysis of such toxins as aflatoxin and ochratoxin in food products. Many countries have put regulations on mycotoxins in foods and as such there is need for mycotoxin clearance of Zambian foodstuffs if they have to be exported to countries that have put regulation on mycotoxins. The Laboratory houses the High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and a Fluorimeter.

Head of Department

Webby Lungu

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