Livestock ban to be lifted

MINISTER of Livestock and Fisheries Greyford Monde says Government will this month lift the ban on the movement of animals in Southern and Western provinces, starting with Kazungula district.
Mr Monde said in an interview here yesterday that the ban in Kazungula will come to an end this month, while the rest of the districts are still under consideration.
Government has started lifting the ban as the statistics on cattle disease indicate that the rate has reduced from around 30 percent to one percent.
Mr Monde, who is also Itezhi-Tezhi member of Parliament, appealed to members of the public to help Government reduce the rate further by desisting from moving affected animals to disease-free zones.
The livestock ban in the two provinces has been in force for many years.
And Mr Monde has urged the people of Western Province to embrace fish farming.
He said the ministry is promoting fish farming to allow citizens to harvest the commodity throughout the year.
Mr Monde said it is important that people are sensitised on the matter for them to respect the fishing ban, which came into effect on December 1.
“My deputy minister, Lawrence Evans, and I are here to sensitise the people of Western Province on the need to engage in fish farming, thereby reducing over-dependence on catches in rivers,’’ he said.
And Mr Monde and Mr Evans held a closed-door meeting with respective district commissioners and the Department of Livestock and Fisheries in the province.

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