Vet to vaccinate birds against New Castle

ABOUT 320,000 birds are expected to be vaccinated against New Castle in Namwala, district veterinary officer Munangeni Showa has said.
New Castle disease is a contagious bird disease affecting chickens, other captive and wild birds however, humans aren’t normally affected, but those in direct contact with infected birds may develop a very short-term eye infection, which passes without treatment.
Dr Showa said the district has received 130,000 Lasotha vaccines and another new vaccine to treat about 190,000 birds. Lasotha vaccine will be directly administered into the bird’s eyes.
“The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, through the Department of Veterinary Services has embarked on vaccination against New Castle. The vaccination exercise is underway in all the agricultural veterinary camps of Namwala, However, the vaccines are not enough to vaccinate all the birds in the district,” he said in the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) Friday brief availed to the Daily Mail on Monday.
In Chibombo, over 3,700 agro-forestry and citrus fruit trees have been planted by farmers to promote agroforestry and climate-smart agriculture.
The initiative will be conducted under the tree-planting competition which has been introduced as a training programmme to develop the newly-established Agroforestry learning centre at the Lwamabwe Information Centre.
So far, 43 farmers have participated in a participatory rural appraisal competition to enhance both learning and tree-planting in the IC.
Commenting on the development, District Farmer Association secretary Michael Mainga commended ZNFU for the continued effort to improve farmers’ livelihood through the services being provided.
Mr Mainga also called on ZSIC Limited through ZNFU to come to their aid following the severe dry spell that has seen most of the crop drying up at its flowering stage because it is offering insurance services to farmers on the union’s scheme.

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