Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Bright Nundwe has castigated the Department of Livestock in the province for failing to prevent tick borne diseases at Mbesuma Cattle Breeding Centre in Chinsali.
Speaking in his office after being briefed that a substantial number of cattle had died of East Coast Fever, Red Water and Gall Sickness, Nundwe wondered why the Livestock department was unable to avoid such mortalities despite having professional and technical personnel and a costly Spray Race and Dip Tank.
Nundwe stated that his expectation for Mbesuma Cattle Breeding Centre was for its managers to set an example to small holder livestock farmers on how cattle should be appropriately reared in order to satisfy local and export markets.
The Permanent Secretary has since directed the Acting Provincial Fisheries and Livestock Coordinator to ensure that Mbesuma Cattle Breeding Centre was managed with excellence adding that his vision for the province was to reach the apex of productivity in livestock, fisheries and crops.
He described Muchinga as a province whose climatic conditions and abundant natural resources were favourable for mass production of cattle, fish and crops to attain household and national food security and also to generate foreign exchange from international markets.
Mr Nundwe has further called upon the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock to expedite the offloading of cattle from Mbesuma Breeding Centre to small holder farmers as a way of empowering the intended beneficiaries, maintaining a manageable stock and reducing on losses arising from cattle mortality.
But in an earlier briefing to the Permanent Secretary, Muchinga Acting Provincial Fisheries and Livestock Coordinator, Dr. Happy Kanyinji, said the Minister of Fisheries and Livestock had recently visited the Breeding Centre where he expressed his displeasure on the poor record management and filthiness of the centre.
Dr. Kanyinji disclosed that honourable Greyford Monde had indicated that the cattle offloading exercise would only commence after he sends Auditors to check the Breeding centre.