KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has intensified implementation of animal disease control measures, rehabilitation and construction of new dip tanks to deal with the threat of animal diseases at a cost of K30 million.
Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries director of veterinary services Yona Sinkala says the measures also include the rehabilitation and construction of new dip tanks.
Government is committed to improving the livelihoods and welfare of the citizens especially, the rural poor through formulation of policies and strategies.
In the last one year, Government ensured that cattle are kept healthy for better livelihoods the following animal disease control programmes that were undertaken with a focus to improve animal production, public health (control of zoonosis), food safety, animal welfare and market access.
In an interview on the status of animal disease surveillance, Dr Sinkala said prevention of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the high risk areas of Kafue flats, Western Zambia and Mbala was intensified through vaccinations and movement control.
“In addition the government continued tick control through dipping. Government continued the programme to complete rehabilitation and construction of new dip tanks.
“Between 2011 and 2015, 153 dip tanks were rehabilitated and constructed to enable communities’ access to dipping facilities for their cattle,” Dr Sinkala said.
From 2016 to 2017, 61 dip tanks have been completed with a further 200 still under rehabilitation and construction.
“The executive directive is to complete the ongoing works that commenced in the preceding years and K30 million has been provided for this purpose in the 2017 budget,” he said.