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Livestock farmers urged to plan ahead

Story by Mhlomuli Ncube

LIVESTOCK farmers have been urged to come up with contingency plans for stock feed and water early this year in order to avert losses due to water shortages.

When water sources are scarce, it signals challenges for livestock farmers. Drought moments have an even bigger bearing on pastures which also deplete very fast.

Matabeleland North has not been spared so far having received little rains and provincial agriculture authorities are urging farmers to plan ahead.

“Currently, all livestock access water within a radius of 4 kilometre, but as the heat soars, we realise that most water sources are beginning to dry up. This year requires early preparation by livestock farmers. For those with cattle, the recommendation is to sell off the old ones to maintain the younger and productive herds and also buy stock feed.

“We also encourage livestock farmers to pool resources together in sinking watering holes or boreholes for those who can. This is important to note that the challenge will be there till the next rains, if we don’t receive any more soon,” said Matabeleland North Chief Agritex Officer, Mr Dumisani Nyoni.

The government also aims to address the challenge in the long run by sinking 35 000 boreholes across the country while also creating more irrigation schemes as long-term measures.

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