Vet dept runs out of dip chemicals

Matabeleland North province has been hit by an acute shortage of dipping chemicals.

“We have not been dipping our cattle for the past month because the local veterinary offices do not have the chemicals. Last week we held a meeting and resolved to contribute towards the purchase of chemicals in South Africa. We cannot wait for the veterinary people to act because our animals are at risk,” said Gift Moyo, a communal farmer in Ntabazinduna.

Moyo said some farmers have now resorted to the use of traditional herbs in a desperate bid to combat ticks, which are very common at this time of year.

Another farmer, Silas Mlilo, said tick-borne diseases, particularly heart water, red water and gall sickness, were on the increase in the area. He lost a beast to gall sickness last week.

Efforts to get a comment from Veterinary officials in Bulawayo were all in vain.

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