The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and water Development would like to inform the general public that it has on 4th September,2015 confirmed Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in cattle at Mthumba dip tank , Mitole Extension Planning Area (EPA)in Chikhwawa District within Shire Valley ADD.
Foot and Mouth Disease is a highly contagious viral disease that mostly affects cattle and has very devastating socio-economic consequences if not timely controlled. Preliminary Investigation conducted by Veterinary experts from the Ministry indicate that a total number of 700 cattle are at immediate risk within the affected dip tank. However the investigations are still on going to establish the magnitude of spread and map the extent of the problem.
In conformity with the Control and Animal Diseases Act (Cap 66:02), and the World Animal Health organisation guidelines, the Ministry would therefore like to inform the general public that it has with immediate effect instituted the following measures within and around the affected area (Mthumba dip tank):
- The temporary suspension of all livestock (cattle, goats, sheep and pigs) markets
- Temporary ban of All livestock (cattle, goats, sheep and pigs) slaughters
- Restriction of livestock and livestock products movement.
- Ban of issuance of livestock permits
The Ministry is currently working tirelessly to contain the disease and will continue updating the general public on the situation from time to time. The Ministry is therefore urging the livestock farmers and the general public to cooperate with its officials and the police during the implementation of these measures.
For more information and clarification, please contact the following officers: Dr. B. Chimera on 0999315766, Dr P. Chikungwa on 0888371509, and Dr G. Njunga on 0999449731.
Erica Maganga (Mrs)
SECRETARY FOR AGRICULTURE, IRRIGATION AND WATER DEVELOPMENT