Zambia’s largest beef producer, Zambeef has elevated Mathews Ngosa from being its National Sales and Marketing Manager to the new role of General Manager in-charge of poultry.

His appointment has come as no surprise to the Zambian animal science fraternity as Ngosa has had a long and fulfilling career as an animal scientist.

Speaking on his new role, Ngosa expressed excitement on what the future holds for him and his team, and said his first order of business is to build on the good job done by his predecessor and keep the momentum going.

“My new role is a tough one, it requires a lot of planning and hard work but I am up for the challenge. My first goal is to make sure key performance indicators are met. I look forward to achieving success with my team in this new task we have been given,” said Ngosa.

Ngosa’s career started in 1990 after he graduated from the University of Zambia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science, majoring in animal science.

He got his first job with Hybrid as a poultry manager, and later left to pursue a career in academia.

However, he soon found himself drawn back to his first love: practising animal science. He joined ZCCM Nchanga farms and worked at a few other farms in various managerial roles.

Ngosa complemented his on-the-ground career experience with academic qualifications. He holds two master’s degrees, one in animal science and the other in business administration. He also has a higher diploma in animal neurology.

His expertise was recognised by his peers, who appointed him chief executive officer of the Poultry Association of Zambia. Ngosa went on to join Zambeef as the sales and marketing manager of Zamhatch in 2014, before being promoted to his current role as General Manager – Poultry.

Even before joining Zambeef, Ngosa participated in the creation of Zamhatch, thus when the opportunity to join the organisation presented itself and Ngosa needed little persuading.

“I wanted to join Zambeef because my skills as an animal scientist would be put to good use. I had worked with them before, so I knew the company’s culture and what they were out to achieve,” he said.

Like in his previous roles, Ngosa achieved success with Zamhatch. When he joined, its day-old chicks’ output was low; today Zamhatch produces over 400,000 chicks daily. He attributes his success to his work ethic and to the team he works with.

“My attitude towards work is to be a hard worker and a team player. I’m not afraid to take on challenges that achieve results. I also have a great team; their dedication and expertise help us achieve the goals we set up for ourselves,” said Ngosa.

As for the output Zamhatch is producing Ngosa is very proud of what they put out in the market and is confident Zamhatch’s products are second to none.

“At Zamhatch we use the latest technology in our state-of-the-art facilities. Human interaction with our eggs and chicks is very minimal, thus guaranteeing a product of the highest quality,” he said.