Chikankata District Commissioner, Peter Mwiinde has advised veterinary officers and state security officers in the area to ensure that no cattle are moved in and out of the district without valid documentation.
Mr. Mwiinde said this follows the reported outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Kazungula, Zimba, Choma, Livingstone and Namwala districts of Southern province.
He said officers in the district should be alert and impound any vehicle carrying cattle without valid documents authorising the movement of animals from one place to another.
Mr. Mwiinde told the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) today that any defiant individuals should face the full wrath of the law.
And former Chikankata District Commissioner, Kavumbu Hakachima said curbing cattle diseases should not be left to government alone because it is the responsibility of everyone in the area.
Ms. Hakachima said she will not stop helping farmers in the district to eradicate cattle diseases such as FMD which has broken out in five districts of Southern province.
“I will continue giving cattle farmers dip and other cattle medicine to fight animal diseases in Chikankata district of Southern province,” she said.
Ms. Hakachima has since advised cattle farmers in the district to follow the advice given to them by Mr. Mwiinde.