Community comes to the rescue of local farmer

By Sifiso Sibanda

THE people of Matabeleland North and South Provinces have come to the rescue of a Nkayi family which lost a herd of 20 cattle as a result of a mix-up in chemicals.

In a gesture of goodwill, the farmers mobilised 12 heifers and a bull to assist the family which lost a herd of 20 cattle after administering a wrong dosage of chemicals.  

The cattle were handed over by a representative of the farmers, Mr Alvado Mabhena at the family home in Nkayi this Wednesday.

“When we got to know the loss that the Mpofu family had experienced, which was a huge loss by the way, because losing one animal for a farmer in Matabeleland is a huge loss, we decided to come together and put this modest donation of heifers and a bull to support them. This seed of animals will not only support the affected family, but the entire Nkayi community given that the bull that they got is a pedigree animal that will help change the breed,” said Mr Mabhena.

Mr Dennis Mpofu is grateful and humbled by the support adding that he will do his best to take good care of the animals.

“I am overwhelmed by this support and grateful that fellow farmers have come to my rescue by helping me to recover from this loss that was a result of a mix-up in chemicals. Because the chemicals were for maize yet they were mistakenly administered to animals,” said Mr Mpofu.

Provincial Veterinary Officer for Matabeleland North Province, Dr Polex Moyo took the opportunity to disclose that they have deployed veterinary officers in all communities to assist farmers with technical skills in ranching.

“As we learn from this unfortunate incident, I call on all farmers to work closely with veterinary officers who are deployed in their areas as a strategy to assist them, so they are at your disposal to help you understand the proper ranching skills,” he said.

Government is on a drive to boost the national herd by improving breeds, reducing mortality and expanding the market.