Farmers in Zimbabwe said their future looks bleak

 

Zimbabwe: Zim Farmers Fear for Their Cattle As Drought, Disease Hit Home

Zimbabwe’s farmers in Matabeleland South province fear their cattle won’t survive the drought that has hit the region, with more than 300 000 cattle said to be at risk, according to a report.

Thousands of cattle are at risk of being wiped out by drought and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) that have hit the region hard this year, News Day reported on Monday.

Farmers said the future looked bleak.

“Drought is very intense in this province and our livestock [is] at great risk. Drought mitigation strategies are required to save the livestock,” one of the farmers, Solomon Linda, was quoted as saying.

“We are also being affected by foot-and-mouth disease and if nothing tangible to arrest it is done, then we are heading for a disaster,” he added.

Read the full article: allAfrica

Source: http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/Zim-farmers-fear-for-their-cattle-as-drought-disease-hit-home-20150817

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.