The first of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccinations is scheduled to commence in Ngamiland next Thursday (February 27). This was announced recently at the fourth FMD stakeholders meeting held in Maun.
The campaign will involve teams of innoculators and field assistants supervised by veterinary officers. Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture revealed that farm assistants and village extension teams would also be engaged in the programme for the main campaign.
The officials, however, acknowledged the exercise is bound to face challenges related to shortage of innoculators and shortage of transport to inform farmers of vaccination schedules. The vice chairperson of Hainaveld Farmers Association, Keloitsang Ledimo, also cautioned on the timing of the vaccination campaign which concides with the raining season.
This not only makes it difficult to round-up livestock but the cattle pens or kraals are normally extremely muddy. Meanwhile, the authorities have assured the farmers that the maintenance of the buffalo fence is on-going from Matsibe to Habu and from Matsebe to Xaudum. The exercise has drawn in the participants of the Ipelegeng programme.
It was also disclosed that the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) had contributed the use of a truck and made available 20 rolls of wire towards the maintenance of the buffalo fence. As part of the awareness raising exercise, the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) has already held farmers’ workshops ar Sehitwa, Kareng, Habu and Shakawe.
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