The 2019 drought has yet another effect as villagers in Buhera are now being swindled by cattle buyers after their beasts died because of the drought, The Standard reports.
Cattle buyers according to Chief Makumbe are now telling villagers to sell their cattle or risk losing them to the “disease” that left many villagers’ crawls empty or half full at the height of the drought. Villagers are reportedly selling their cattle for as little at ZWL $1000.
According to Chief Makumbe:
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It is also sad that my villagers are losing cattle to the ‘January disease’. Hundreds of cattle have died due to the disease
I am worried that some cattle buyers are taking advantage of the situation as they are encouraging villagers to sell their cattle at low prices claiming their cattle are sick and might die due to the disease.
The 2019 drought left 7.7 million people in need of food aid and over 40 000 cattle dead in Masvingo, Matabeleland and Midlands.
More: The Standard