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Malawi’s Mzimba farmers unhappy with incessant deaths of livestock

Cattle farmer

MZIMBA-(MaraviPost)-Cattle farmers in the Northern Region district of Mzimba have expressed serious concerns with the continued deaths of the livestock from Foot and Mouth Disease despite vaccination administered on the animals mid last year.

Confirming the omen, Board Chairperson for Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) for the Northern Region, Albert Nyirongo, said over 300 herds of cattle around Euthini Extension Planning Area (EPA) have died since December last year.

“As I am talking the situation is very bad. A lot of cattles are just dying. About 300 herds of cattle have already died. That’s from Euthini EPA and from Mbalachanda EPA, about 200 herds of cattle have also died since last year. Government has vaccinated the animals but the situation doesn’t change,” Nyirongo said.

However, Mzuzu Agriculture Development Division (ADD) acting Chief Animal Health and Livestock Development Officer, Wellington Munthali, said his office has not yet received any information, regarding the same, from his officers working in different areas in the district.

Meanwhile, farmers in the border district with Zambia, are calling upon relevant authorities to come to their rescue lest they lose all their cattle.

Foot and Mouth Disease is a infection that is caused by a virus that attacks livestock such as cattle, goats, pigs and sheep.

Last year, the Government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, banned the sale meat products in the north because of widespread attack of animals by the disease.

Richard Kayenda
Richard Kayenda
I hold a bachelor's degree in languages obtained from Mzuzu University. Since 2016, I have been working for Maravi Post as a reporter of local news; particularly from the Northern Region of Malawi. My main news areas are politics, business, sports and many more. Besides reporting, I also write news analyses on current affairs just to share informed opinions on news that matter in Malawi. By now I have a five year practical experience in online news reporting and I look forward to growing more professionally while raising the bar of Maravi Post; in order to make it a household name, as we keep our readership informed, edutained and updated on a daily basis.
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