FMD OUTBREAK SETBACK

FMD OUTBREAK SETBACK

16/03/15

H.E. the President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has appealed to residents of Ngamiland to complement government efforts in the fight against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). Addressing the residents of New Disaneng ward in Maun last week (photo), President Khama said it was unfortunate that some farmers failed to comply with the FMD vaccination procedures. He said government had successfully fought various diseases in the past such as cattle lung disease and Malaria, but that with regard to the FMD, it seemed like a different case as government continued to spend millions of Pula fighting it. “The government cannot win this battle alone,” President Khama said, adding that the recent FMD outbreak in Kareng in which only six cattle were vaccinated out of the 188 investigated cattle proved his point. That alone was a clear sign of the cause of the outbreak, he explained, adding that cooperation from farmers was vital if the battle was to be won. President Khama pointed out that continuous FMD outbreaks would have a negative impact on efforts made by the Ministry of Agriculture to secure a market for the cattle in the area.

H.E. the President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has appealed to residents of Ngamiland to complement government efforts in the fight against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). Addressing the residents of New Disaneng ward in Maun last week (photo), President Khama said it was unfortunate that some farmers failed to comply with the FMD vaccination procedures. He said government had successfully fought various diseases in the past such as cattle lung disease and Malaria, but that with regard to the FMD, it seemed like a different case as government continued to spend millions of Pula fighting it. “The government cannot win this battle alone,” President Khama said, adding that the recent FMD outbreak in Kareng in which only six cattle were vaccinated out of the 188 investigated cattle proved his point. That alone was a clear sign of the cause of the outbreak, he explained, adding that cooperation from farmers was vital if the battle was to be won. President Khama pointed out that continuous FMD outbreaks would have a negative impact on efforts made by the Ministry of Agriculture to secure a market for the cattle in the area. For his part, the Acting Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Patrick Ralotsia, also begged the residents to assist by looking after their cattle, repairing the buffalo zone fence and availing their cattle for vaccination. Minister Ralotsia said efforts to secure markets for Ngamiland meat could be said to be fruitful because so far talks with Angola and Mozambique were positive; therefore farmers should play their part in guarding against outbreaks if the entire deal was to be achieved. Meanwhile, still at the same meeting, the Minister of Transport and Communications, the Honourable Tshenolo Mabeo, promised the residents of New Disaneng that allegations of blockage of Thamalakane River as a result of the construction of the new bridge near Maun Lodge will be investigated, and that he will dispatch a team of officials to that effect. Minister Mabeo said he was not aware of the situation, adding that the assessment would determine what could be done to ensure normal flow of the river if indeed it was the case. He pointed out that the constructor was instructed to use sand bags to guard against causing damage to the river and the environment. The New Disaneng Ward Development Committee (WDC) chairperson Mr Tathego Repheya had raised concerns that the construction of the new bridge had affected the river flow due to the resultant blockage . (BOPA)

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