Eight out of 16, 000 samples of CBPP tests positive in NWP

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Eight out of 16, 000 samples of CBPP tests positive in NWP

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Solwezi, September 13, NAIS—Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock says only eight out of the 16, 000 samples of Contagious Bovine Pleuropnemonia (CBPP) collected from the on-going Sero-surveillance exercise from Manyinga, Kabompo, Zambezi and Chavuma have tested positive.

 

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Director of Veterinary services Joseph Mubanga described the development as positive in the fight against the deadly animal disease.

 

Dr Mubanga told the National Agriculture and Information Services (NAIS) in Solwezi yesterday that government is committed to ensure that the disease is completely wiped out.

 

He said the Ministry of Agriculture would destroy the affected herds of cattle as a way of eradicating the disease.

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And Dr Mubanga who was flanked by two other directors from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Headquarters also inspected the Veterinary Regional laboratory which is currently under construction.

 

Dr Mubanga noted that almost 85 per cent of the works have been done and expressed happiness with the pace at which the works are going.

 

He added that funds amounting to K800, 000 to complete the project had already been set aside.

 

Meanwhile, a local farmer Winestone Chisuka of Zangamenu Agriculture Camp in Solwezi district commended government for constructing the regional laboratory closer to the farmers in the province.

 

Mr Chisuka said that the laboratory would expedite the process of farmers getting results for their animals as opposed to the past when samples had to be taken to Lusaka.

 

 

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