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LIVESTOCK FARMERS WARNED AGAINST TRANSPORTING ANIMALS WITHOUT PERMITS

Written by on January 14, 2022

Government has warned livestock farmers in the country not to move animals without veterinary permits.

The warning not to move animals without veterinary permits follows after officers in the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock who impounded 69 illegally animals at Kafue checkpoint.

57 goats and 12 pigs were destined for Kabesha Livestock Market in Lusaka from Siavonga district in Southern Province.

Vet Kafue Veterinary Officer-in-Charge at Kafue Checkpoint Michael Sakala said the owners of the animals failed to produce veterinary permits and a Police report upon reaching the check Point.

Mr Sakala has since urged livestock farmers across the country ensure that before transporting animals from one district to the other, should first obtain a veterinary report.

Lusaka Province Veterinary Officer PATRICIA BWALYA  emphasized on the importance of having a vet permit when moving livestock.

Dr. BWALYA observes that the permit is a shield against the spread of livestock diseases in the country.

And a Livestock farmer from Chirundu District Edward Bwalya who is among the 10 owners of the confiscated animals bemoaned the loss.

The confiscated animals have since been forfeited to the State and will be disposed off in accordance with the  the Animal Health Act.

By Raphael Mulenga

 


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