Vet dept. in Kalabo on swine fever lookout

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Vet dept. in Kalabo on swine fever lookout


ZANIS, Kalabo, February 19 ZANIS —The  Veterinary Department in Kalabo District   says it is on the ground to ensure that farmers do not import any pigs in the District following an outbreak of  African Swine Fever in North-western province.


Speaking in an interview with ZANIS today, District Veterinary Officer Wilfred Chapabuku said so far the district had not recorded any case.


Dr Chapabuku, who is also acting District Agriculture Coordinator, told farmers   not to worry as the department was on the ground to assess the situation and would be advised should anything unfold.


He advised farmers to cage their pigs and use bio-security, a method where farmers were required to disinfect their poultry so that the animals are kept in a clean environment as one of the preventive measures.


Dr Chapabuku, however said the bio-security method was quiet expensive for an ordinary farmer because of the process involved.


“So far so good, we are not sleeping but watching for any possible outbreak,” he said.


African Swine Fever has so far affected Kalulushi and Chililabombwe districts on the Copperbelt Province and North-Western Province.