Thursday, June 30, 2022

Culling of small livestock expected to be completed this week

The Agriculture Ministry’s depopulation exercise involving the culling of small stock in Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) affected villages of Matshelagabedi, Matsiloje, Matopi, Patayamatebele and Ditladi in the containment Zone, North East District, should be complete by June 30, 2013.

FMD Project Coordinator, Geoffrey Motlhanka Pheko, said that the ongoing depopulation of 21 000 small stock, (goats and sheep) is a strategy to combat Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the villages and surrounding areas.

“To date, affected farmers have handed over 19 000 sheep and goats to the government, in preparation for the culling,” Pheko said. “We advise all farmers who have indicated preferences for cash options as replacement for part of their sheep and goats to go to Ntshe House Office No. 241 Second Floor, Francistown, for collecting payments during working hours.”

Pheko said following the completion of the first round of surveillance in sentinel flock, the second round of surveillance in small stock, pigs and wildlife in the same zone is in progress. Consultation and counseling with the stakeholders and farmers on realignment of the protection zone fence is on-going.

“The depopulation of small stock is an ongoing strategy by government to eradicated FMD after sheep and goats’ tested positive. The FMD Eradication Coordinating Office would like to thank the farmers for the cooperation they have accorded the staff assigned this task and encourage them to continue the cooperation to control this scourge,” he said.

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