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Blackleg kills 80 cattle in Kabompo

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ZAMBIA - Blackleg, a fatal disease that affects cattle, goats and sheep, has broken out in Kabompo killing about 80 animals in the last three weeks.

Kabompo district livestock officer Cornelius Mweemba has attributed the outbreak of the blackleg disease to careless disposal of animal remains such as hides by the public in the area.

Mr Mweemba said the affected areas include Chikenge, Chikonkwelo, Litoya and some surrounding areas in the district.

According to Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) Friday brief availed to the Daily Mail on Monday, the veterinary office in the district has so far given out 300 doses of vaccine to prevent the disease from spreading further

“The veterinary department in the district has blamed the perpetuation of the soil-borne disease on pre-disposing factors such as poor management practices particularly with the disposing of hides and other animal remains,” he said.

Mr Mweemba has, however, said that the district is sensitising farmers on the best ways of disposing of animal remains and the importance of vaccinating their animals.

And Kabompo district veterinary officer, Dr Gershom Chungu could not give figures on the infected animals, saying local farmers only report after their animals have failed.

Dr Chungu said locals are eating the beef of the dead animals. The disease does not infect humans.

Meanwhile, Kabompo District Farmers’ Association chairman, George Munyingu has called on Government to extend the use of the farmer input support programme (FISP) E-voucher card to other districts in the country.

Mr Munyingu said strict monitoring of the E-card, will help bring sanity in the implementation of the FISP programme.

He further said that the use of the E-card will eliminate a lot of discrepancies currently being experienced under the programme.

Mr Munyingu said it is important for Government to ensure that the input packs are delivered on time and to the correct farmer organisations.

November 20, 2015; https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=50314