Chavuma District has launched a task force meant to control, manage and eradicate the Contagious Bovine Pleuro Pneumonia (CBPP).
District Commission Benjamin Mufunga said the task force has the potential to control and eradicate CBPP and other livestock diseases if all stakeholders work together.
Mr. Mufunga said the purpose of the task force is to bring together various stakeholders in the district to contribute to disease control and further enhance community wealth through sustainable livestock farming.
He said the task force will sustainably improve production and productivity of the livestock sector in Chavuma where there are still some traces of CBPP and other livestock diseases.
The District Commissioner has since urged members of staff in the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock to ensure livestock farmers acquire the necessary knowledge in order to participate in the activities of the task force.
And District Veterinary Officer Masuzyo Ngoma said the main objective of the launch is to implement the ‘test and slaughter’ of cattle and further remove the source of infection within District and the country at large.
Dr. Ngoma added that apart from the district task force, village task forces will be formed in veterinary camps and that members of the community are expected to report any suspicious illegal movement of livestock.
He stressed that the ban on livestock movement in the district is still in force and implored all livestock farmers in the area to voluntarily participate in the livestock control programme and actively contribute towards the eradication of CBPP.
Meanwhile, Chavuma District Farmers Association chairperson Teddy Mukwato commended government for including farmers in the control and eradication of CBPP, a move he described as an indication of government’s willingness to control any outbreaks of livestock diseases.
Mr .Mukwato said that there is need to tighten security especially in the west bank in order to curb the illegal movement of livestock from other district via Chavuma into Angola.
He appealed to the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock to ensure essential drugs for animal disease control are easily accessed by the farmers. ENDS/HLS/NAIS/Chavuma.