Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

Vaccines and tight controls on livestock movement would be used by Zimbabwe to combat an outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease. "Instead of slaughtering the cattle, we will set up a taskforce consisting of government and industry officials. The taskforce would ensure that there is no movement of cattle, and vaccines are used to contain the infection," said Timothy Reynolds, chairperson of Zimbabwe Cattle Producers' Association. Cases of the disease were recently detected in a feedlot of a state-owned beef corporation that is based in the mainly ranching province of Matabeleland.

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.