8 bovine samples test positive in N/Western

GOVERNMENT says only eight out of the 16, 000 samples collected  for contagious bovine pleuropnemonia (CBPP) from the on-going sero-surveillance exercise from Manyinga, Kabompo, Zambezi and Chavuma in North- Western Province have tested positive.
Director of veterinary services at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Joseph Mubanga said the development is positive in the fight against the deadly animal disease.
Dr Mubanga said in an interview in Solwezi that Government is committed to ensuring the disease is completely wiped out.
He said the ministry will slaughter the affected cattle to avoid the spread of the disease.
And Dr Mubanga, who was flanked by two other directors, inspected the regional veterinary laboratory which is currently under construction.
Dr  Mubanga expressed happiness with the pace of works as 85 percent of construction is complete.
He said Government has already sourced K800,000 for the completion of the project.
Meanwhile, a local farmer, Winestone Chisuka of Zangamenu agriculture camp, has commended Government for constructing the regional laboratory.
Mr Chisuka said the laboratory will expedite the processing of samples as currently it takes a long time for samples to be processed in Lusaka. – NAIS.

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