FMD Forces Thyolo District Council to Ban Cattle Movement
Thyolo District Council has issued movement restrictions of cattle from Nsanje and Chikwawa districts to avoid moving the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) from the lower shire to the district.
Moffat says the council will use the local structures to ensure compliance to protect the farmers' monthly income from milk which is pegged at around K640 million.
"I have encouraged and ordered the community policing, chiefs and everyone to make sure that there is no movement of cattle from Nsanje and Chikwawa," Moffat said.
Meanwhile, Milk Producers Association Executive Director, Herbert Chagona, says much as the dairy cows are fed in kraal-zero grazing, the threat still remains.
"The biggest threat is the feed now when the farmers go to cut grass from other areas. If those areas are affected by the FMD, it means even that feed as well can be contaminated and that contamination can be taken to the kraal to infect an innocent an animals," he said.