22 February 2019
COMMUNAL farmers in Hwedza Rural District Council have been given more chemicals to fight the tick-borne disease commonly known as the January disease.
The Hwedza veterinary office thanked government for swiftly responding to their cause with medication.
According to Hwedza Rural District veterinary animal health officers, communal and A1 farmers were not taking their cattle to dip tanks.
Hwedza District Agritex Crop and Livestock Production Officer, a D Murishi, said they were encouraging leaders like chiefs and village heads to educate their villagers about January Disease.
The government chipped in with dipping chemicals to cover the period January to March.
“The farmers who are losing cattle are those in the old resettlement, communal areas and the A1 farmers, the commercial farmers are not losing their animals. And those A2 farmers, they have not lost any cattle because they are doing their dipping properly,” said Murishi.
One of the Hwedza villagers, Canaan Motsi however, claimed that they were facing problems of finding the dip tanks locked yet they also have to attend to their fields.
“We do not refuse to dip our cattle but we go to these tanks and find the dip tank water pump locked. Another problem is that we now have people who are avoiding mixing their cattle with others for fear of the disease spreading and, unfortunately, this also forces them to avoid the dip tanks which are there to solve this problem,” said Motsi.
Amid concerns that cattle dying from January Disease might be unfit for human consumption, the Hwedza Rural District veterinary animal health office has been advising communities to eat certified