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Government sets up Fund to help curb livestock diseases in Southern province

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Government says it has set up a Disease Control Fund ( DCF ) to help curb livestock diseases in Southern province, especially.

Director of Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Swithine Kabilika says the Fund to be managed by the ministry will help to reduce cases of animals diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease ( FMD) that has affected most parts of the country.

Mr Kabilika disclosed this during separate stakeholders engagement meetings in Choma, Kalomo, Zimba, and Kazungula Districts, respectively.

Attending the said meetings where the police, council, farmers, Veterinary staff, and traditional leaders, among others.

He explained that the DCF has been set up in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation ( FAO ), among other cooperating partners.

And Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Deputy Director Geoffrey Muuka said using the DCF fund, his ministry has since ordered vaccines to inoculate cattle in the affected districts.

Dr. Muuka noted that his Ministry will commence the ring vaccination of cattle against the Foot and Mouth Disease immediately the vaccine arrives in the country.

He observed that the disease has affected farmers in 18 districts in the country in Southern, Western, and Central Provinces.

Among these affected districts included Kazungula, Zimba, Kalomo, Choma, Namwala, Sinazongwe, Monze, and Mazabuka, all of Southern Province.

Dr. Muuka stated that illegal movement of cattle has exacerbated the Foot and Mouth Disease, thereby strongly calling on farmers to get veterinary permits when they wanted to move their animals to other areas.

Speaking at the same function National Project Coordinator under the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Foot and Mouth Disease Frank Banda said he was happy with the technical and financial support from FAO.

Mr. Banda said using the FAO support was also creating awareness through community radio stations to enable farmers take preventive measure against the Foot and Mouth Disease.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Glad that the PF government continuously working for Zambians, and not only during the election period.

  2. Ruling the country for more than 9 years and still gaining the same popularity is not an easy job. #ECL has earned it through their hard work and dedication.

  3. It is easy to give fake promises like HH and criticize hard-working people. But, it is very difficult to be like His Excellency and his dedicated members.

  4. The nation has witnessed tremendous development on which only President Lungu and his PF government have the rights. #VoteForECL

  5. Criticizers are doing their job in the best way. Criticizing the government for empowering, helping Zambians rather than seeing what HH has done so far for the country.

  6. Soon, Zambia will be a healthy country under President Lungu’s economic recovery programme. As the president prioritized the health of Zambians and livestock.

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