Livestock farmers in the outlying areas of Beitbridge are calling for interventions through subsidized stockfeeds if they are to save their herds this year.

This follows the double tragedy of water shortage and
depleting pastures which are getting worse into mid-year.

Beitbridge is dry and will definitely get drier from August
onwards.

This is also the crunch time when most cattle begin dying
and the farmers are hoping for interventions through subsidized stockfeeds if
they are to save their herds this year.

“It is a problem of water and depleting pastures that is
most worrying. We therefore call upon the government or authorities that be to
intervene by at least subsidizing the feeds so that our herds sustain the dry
period,” said some of the farmers.

Beitbridge has a herd of over 95 000 cattle in the district.

Experts, however, encourage most cattle farmers to sell part
of their livestock and then use the proceeds to buy stockfeed for the
remaining.



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