Chikwawa, August 4, 2015: Police in Chikwawa have expressed concern over the rise in cases of cattle theft in the district. Law enforcers have since recovered 33 heads of cattle believed to have been stolen from Mozambique.
Four people, two of whom are Mozambican nationals have been arrested in connection with the theft.
Chikwawa Police Officer In-charge Assistant Commissioner, Macmillan Nyirongo told Mana on Tuesday that of the recovered cattle, 22 were intercepted at Changoima village, seven at Tomali and six at Ngabu. The areas are close to the Mozambican boarder.
He said: “The police managed to intercept the cattle in the period of two days after being tipped by members of the general public.”
The cattle recovery and arrests follow outcry from farmers in the district who accused the police of not doing enough to protect their livestock.
Meanwhile cattle ranch owners in the district have joined forces with Shire Valley Livestock Association to find permanent ways of curbing cattle theft.
Recently, Director of Animal Health and Livestock in the Ministry of Agriculture Dr Bernard Chimera indicated that animal theft, poor feeding methods, diseases like foot and mouth and lack of reliable markets were some of the major challenges affecting livestock production.
Dr Chimera then advised farmers to form Associations and cooperatives to improve livestock farming in the country.
“As a country, we have a few animals, 1.3 million cattle and 3.4 million goats. We need to work hard to improve this and ensure that farmers have better markets to sell their animals,” said Dr Chimera.