NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Chama
WORKS on the construction of five dip tanks in Chama district of Muchinga Province at a cost of K1.1 million are almost complete, district livestock and fisheries officer Vouseurg Chibale has said.
Dr Chibale said in an interview recently that the works on the dip tanks are progressing well and are almost complete.
He said the construction of dip tanks in Chama is a milestone in combating livestock diseases in the area, which is a game management area (GMA).
“In the area of disease control, we have dip tanks that are under construction. Chama is a disease-free zone area but we have to ensure that we build the dip tanks for us to be ready for any outbreak of tick-borne diseases,” he said.
Dr Chibale said in the area of promoting animal nutrition, Government is teaching farmers how to grow pasture, which they can preserve and feed their animals during the dry season.
He said Chama has no rivers and lakes, which makes it difficult for livestock farmers to find a good grazing land for their animals.
Dr Chibale said the number of livestock farmers in Chama has continued to grow over the past few years because of the stringent measures that the Department of National Parks and Wildlife has put in place to prevent the hunting of wildlife.
“Most people would engage in hunting instead of keeping livestock but that the trend is changing because of the restrictions that the department has put in place in the hunting of wildlife in natural parks,” he said.
Dr Chibale said Government, in partnership with its co-operating partners, is also empowering people with small livestock for them to earn a livelihood.
He said the cattle population in Chama has increased to 3,200 head from the 2,800 head recorded in 2013.