Livestock dept records remarkable improvement PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 January 2017 21:10

The department of livestock says it has recorded a drop in the loss of livestock and a notable improvement in their condition due to abundance of water and graze.

The 2016 agricultural year was largely dry in most parts of the country and hundreds of communal farmers lost their cattle due to the el-nino induced drought.

The worst affected districts were Binga, Hwange and Tsholotsho and most of the cattle were lost between October and mid-December.

Binga recorded the highest figures with over 300 cattle lost while the least affected district was Umguza which recorded less than ten deaths.

Matabeleland North provincial livestock officer Mr Mike Nemashakwe says there is notable improvement in livestock condition due to abundance of water but urged farmers to however take note of tick-borne diseases and lumpy skin.

Matabeleland is traditionally the hub of livestock production due to the weather patterns in the region but the sector has been severely affected by numerous challenges over the past few years including drought, high cost of drugs and low prices in the market.

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