LUSAKA– The Zambian government has started using unmanned aerial vehicles popularly known as drones to increase surveillance and curb poaching in national parks.

Minister of Tourism Charles Banda says this is because government is concerned with the levels of poaching.

He said the launch of unmanned aerial vehicles -UAV- will help to preserve wild life.

Speaking during the launch at Lusaka National Park, Banda said the use of UAVs technology will help provide surveillance in places where the wild life staff cannot go to.

And World Wildlife Fund-WWF- Country Director Nachilala Nkombo said the launch of UAV technology will help to protect wildlife from poachers.

She said Zambia has a variety of wildlife compared to its neighbouring countries, but other countries earn more from tourism because of the high level of monitoring and surveillance system.

Separately, Banda said the ministry is working on increasing collaboration with Zambian Breweries -ZB-to improve tourism in the country.

He said the two institutions will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding in areas of promoting arts and tourism.

The Minister was speaking during a meeting with Zambian Breweries Corporate Affairs Director Ezekiel Sekele at his office.

Banda said there is need to create a balance on combining competences to move tourism development to another level.

Sekele said his organisation does not export jobs but creates employment locally and is supporting entrepreneurship and manufacturing.