Namwala District Veterinary Officer, Munangemi Showa, says the foot and mouth disease vaccination exercise, which commenced in Namwala, is going on smoothly in all the four chiefdoms of Namwala.
Dr Showa told ZANIS in an interview that farmers are complying by bringing forth their cattle to vaccination centres.
He, however, said and only a few cattle were across the plains but would still be catered for.
Dr Showa said government has given Namwala a total of 135,000 doses of vaccines to carter for all the four chiefdoms of the district.
Meanwhile, Dr Showa has disclosed that government this year has budgeted for 13 dip tanks to be constructed in the district.
He added that six other dip tanks will be rehabilitated as they are in bad state.
And Chief Mukobela of the Ila people of Namwala has commended government for taking care of cattle in his chiefdom through programs like the foot and mouth disease vaccines currently going on in his chiefdom and the three chiefdoms.
Chief Mukobela said so far the exercise in his chiefdom is going on well despite few challenges like the flooding of the plains where some cattle are trapped due the opening of the gates in Itzehi tezhi dam.
The chief was speaking to ZANIS in a telephone interview.
Chief Mukobela said farmers in his chiefdom are happy with government in providing them with free vaccines for foot and mouth disease vaccination.