Restocking Commences In Zone 6B

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President Mokgweetsi Masisi this week officially launched the restocking exercise for Zone 6b farmers in the North East District, by distributing an initial batch of 551 cattle.

Addressing the farmers, Masisi said government had fulfilled its promise to restock before two years. “In September 2022 when Foot and Mouth disease was detected in this area, I promised you that, government will restock your cattle within two years. And today marks the fulfillment of that promise which I made in Senyawe,” highlighted President Masisi.

“Today I am here to handover 551 cattle being the first batch of the 7 981 cattle earmarked for restocking. However, artificial insemination of the cattle has been postponed due to the prevailing drought. This is also to prevent wastage. I know I promised that when restocking takes place, government will ensure farmers will get their cattle having being artificially inseminated.”

Masisi however, urged farmers in the Zone 6b to form cluster or consortiums in order to qualify being given a bull. He said farmers with 30 or more cattle qualified being given a bull. He went on to say government is planning to erect a sturdy fence along the Botswana – Zimbabwe border, to prevent animal movement across the borders.”

“I also want to assure you that part of the land recently acquired by government from Tati Company is also earmarked for animal grazing land,” continued President Masisi.

Meanwhile, the minister of Agriculture Fidelis Molao urged farmers along the border villages to collaborate in monitoring the border fence, to curb cross border crimes and movement of livestock into neighboring Zimbabwe.  He said his ministry is sourcing funds to erect a sturdy fence similar to the one put up in the Bobirwa area along the borders.

“The cattle we are handing over for the restocking exercise are healthy, strong and adaptable to the present climate and environment. This livestock is between 18 and three years old. I urge you to take good care of them and make use of the available government programmes and subsidies in order to restore the livestock farming in this zone,” said Molao.

Zone 6b which comprises of nine villages was hit by the Foot and Mouth Disease in September 2022, when the first cases were detected in Butale village.  Over 10 219 cattle were killed to curb the spread of the disease in the Zone and to surrounding areas. From this restocking exercise 976 farmers are to benefit.

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