Cattle at risk of disease

Dilapidated dipping infrastructure and a lack of expertise in breed management techniques have impacted heavily on the production of livestock in rural areas.

Dilapidated dipping infrastructure poses a risk to livestock in rural areas.
Dilapidated dipping infrastructure poses a risk to livestock in rural areas.

Small scale farmers here told The Zimbabwean that their cattle had not been dipped due to lack of facilities, exposing them to various diseases such as tick fever and foot and mouth.

Mashonaland West Head for Department of Livestock Production and Development, Passmore Gahadzikwa, said small scale farmers lacked proper breeding management techniques such as dietary values, castration and dosing control. He said this had affected the quality of breeds produced in the communal areas.

“From the assessment we have carried out in the province, communal area livestock production has been affected by factors such as lack of dipping and other technical issues such as dosing and nutrition,” he said.

He added that there was need for government to invest in training programmes for communal farmers and construct dips across the country.

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