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Chickens vaccinated against Newcastle disease

TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka
THE Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has embarked on an exercise to vaccinate 170,000 free-range (village) chickens against Newcastle disease that has broken out in Petauke.
Newcastle disease is a contagious bird disease affecting many domestic and wild avian species.
According to the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) Friday brief availed to the Daily Mail on Monday that the aim of the exercise is to control the disease, which has been a problem for quite some time in the district.
“The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock through the Department of Veterinary and Livestock, in Petauke, has embarked on an exercise to vaccinate village chickens against Newcastle. The exercise is targeting to vaccinate 170,000 chickens, of which 35,000 have already been vaccinated in the last two weeks since the programme started running,” the statement reads.
In Mkushi, officials from Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, have collected soil and crop samples in the district from both small-scale and commercial farms to investigate levels and effects of soil pesticides residues in legume and cereal crops.
The investigation is aimed at generating information on the levels of pesticide residues in the soil and plant parts at critical plant growth stages and at post-harvest.
The union says the results will be used to raise awareness among various stakeholders on the appropriate use of pesticides to minimise pesticide residues in the agricultural production systems and improved access to safe food.



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