Govt to implement measures to eradicate CBPP

(ZANIS) Government has announced strategic measures aimed at eradicating the Contagious Bovine Pleural Pneumonia -CBPP- disease in Western Province.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister, MAKOZO CHIKOTE says the proposed control and eradication strategy involves test and slaughter, compensation as well as restocking, among others.

The minister has disclosed that the three-year implementation measures will commence in June this year, and deploy 250 cordon guards in order to curb transmission and spread of the disease from across the border into Western Province.

Mr. CHIKOTE announced this in Kalabo district during a consultative meeting with smallholder cattle farmers.

Meanwhile, Kalabo Central Member of Parliament, CHINGA MIYUTU thanked the smallholder cattle farmers for unanimously endorsing the proposed CBPP eradication strategy.

And Kalabo Council Chairperson, DAVID NYUNDU urged the livestock farmers to be agents of change and sensitise others about the new measures.

Earlier, Kalabo District Commissioner, MUSANGU NJAMBA bemoaned that CBPP has depleted cattle stocks in the area and exposed smallholder farmers to social-economic hardships.

Mr. NJAMBA said this when the Fisheries and Livestock Minister paid a courtesy call on him.

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