Zim farmers outcry at cattle sales ban



from REGERAI PEPUKAI in Masvingo, Zimbabwe

MASVINGO – BEEF producers in southern Zimbabwe have appealed to government to lift the ban on cattle sales and movement as such a move, aimed at curbing disease, was crippling their operations.

The regional Chairman of the Zimbabwe Beef Producers Association, Robert Makado, said that indefinite ban had denied farmers income.

“We have families to feed and other financial obligations to meet and the ban has reduced us to mere destitute because we cannot sell our livestock.

“We are appealing to government to reconsider its position and lift the ban given the fact that most of cattle have since been vaccinated,” said Makodo.

However, veterinary officials in the country have ruled out the lifting of the ban for now.

“We cannot play with the lives of the people to immaturely lift the ban remember anthrax is a fatal disease.

“We are just protecting the lives of the people and the ban will continue to be in force until such time that we are satisfied that the diseases have been curbed,” Provincial Veterinary Officer, Ernest Dzimwasha, said.

Government last month declared the anthrax and foot and mouth cattle diseases outbreak in the southern parts of the country a national disaster.

The Department of Veterinary Services has since banned the sale, movement and slaughter of cattle in all the southern parts of the country.

The government declared the outbreak of the diseases a national disaster, to ensure that funds to fight them are urgently made available.

The Department of Veterinary Services had been battling to contain the diseases due to shortage of man power in addition to serious under funding.

Public cattle auction sales have been banned indefinitely while the movement of cattle has also been suspended as the department imposes measures to minimize the spread of the disease.

The slaughter of cattle, even for ceremonies such as weddings and funerals, has also been suspended.

A few companies, under heavy supervision of the Department of Veterinary Services, have been allowed to slaughter cattle to ensure that the whole southern part of the country has beef products.

“We are trying to make sure that the problem is dealt with once and for all hence we declared it a national disaster to ensure timely funding,” Agriculture Minister, Joseph Made, said at the implementation of the ban.

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