Thousands of pigs have died or been culled due to African swine fever (ASF) in the northern parts of Zambia.
Government released K1 million to combat the disease, but officers on the ground have indicated that the money had yet to reach areas of operations.
The disease was first detected in October in Mwense, 150 km from the provincial capital Mansa, and then spread to neighbouring Northern Province. Authorities have since suspended movement of pigs from affected areas and imposed a ban on the sale of pig products.
Meanwhile, Southern Province Veterinary Officer Muzumbwe Kanemanema says corridor disease has claimed a number cattle in Mugoto in Mazabuka. “As of this week, we have received reports of 8 animals dying,” he said.
Kanemanema said local people had initially claimed a “mysterious” disease was responsible for the deaths before diagnosis confirmed the tick-borne disease is to blame.