TWO NATIONS REPORTER
GWANDA- Matabeleland South Province lost 2 944 cattle to drought in November alone, acting Provincial Agritex Director, Mkunjulelwa Ndlovu has said.
He told Two Nations that the loss is a worrying indication of the forecasted El Nino. He said Bulilima District alone lost 1 134 cattle.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Professor, Obert Jiri said they deployed teams to assist farmers in Mat South.
“As Government, we heard about cattle stuck in mud in the Matabeleland South region. Our rescue team is down there making water accessible. We are not stopping to assist those communities that are affected. We will ensure both people and livestock have access to water,” he said.
Ndlovu added that the most affected areas are communal lands where seasonal grazing lands dry up.
“The majority of dams are drying up and muddy. This affects livestock in Bulilima, Gwanda, Matobo, Mangwe and Beitbridge. Farmers are facing serious challenges with water supply.
“Farmers should drive animals to watering points. They should also supplement their feed with commercial stock feed and homemade mixes,” he said.
The province lost 4 500 cattle to drought in 2019 while the national herd loss was 30 000.