Zim cattle at risk of extinction

zim-cattleFrom MERCY MUJURU in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Bulawayo, (CAJ News) – SOME 500 cattle have this year succumbed to worsening drought in Zimbabwe’s southern region, the country’s hub of livestock breeding.

Scores more are at risk.

The deaths have been recorded in Matabeleland South Province, which borders South Africa.

Most pastures and water sources have dried up while the remaining sources are receding, livestock executive, Simangaliso Ngwabi, told a Food and Agricultural Organisation conference in the country’s second city of Bulawayo.

Ngwabi said the 70% of the livestock depended on water from major dams and boreholes.

“However, surface water may not last to December because of the heavy siltation of dams and rivers. Siltation has reduced the water holding capacity.”

Matabeleland North livestock officer, Mike Nemashakwe, said the province was equally affected by continuous rainfall shortage hampering livestock rebuilding exercises.

“The late onset of rainfall has affected grass growth and water bodies, putting livestock at greater risk of starvation,” Nemashakwe said.

The disaster has worsened Zimbabwe’s economic woes characterised by unemployment of 95%.

It has brought memories of the drought of 1992 when thousands of livestock succumbed and locals rioted and stampeded over food.
CAJ News

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Posted by on Oct 28 2016. Filed under Africa & World, Featured, National, Regional. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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