469 cattle have died in Beitbridge due to drought since the beginning of the 2018-2019 farming season.
Said Beitbridge’s District Crops and Livestock Production officer Masauso Mawocha:
We are hard hit by drought and so far we have lost 469 cattle. That’s devastating for many farmers. We have been carrying out some assessments on the ground and it’s not looking good at all. The pastures have depleted and water for livestock is fair.
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To make our situation worse we don’t have any stock feeds and this is something which needs to be addressed with the urgency it deserves. Our wish is to have affordable supplementary stock feeds closer to the farmers.
At the same time we encourage them to adopt a business model, where they sell some of the livestock to get feeds for those that are still in good shape.
Mawocha also said that Beitbridge has 97 810 cattle, 144 432 goats, 78 826 sheep and 35 978 donkeys.
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