THE distribution of livestock feed in the Matabeleland South province has begun with over 1 000 bales of grass having been delivered to Gwanda and Beitbridge districts since the programme started last month, provincial governor Angeline Masuku has said.
Report by Pamela Mhlanga, Own Correspondent
In an interview, Masuku said: “One thousand bales of grass have been distributed so far with a bale going for $2 and stockfeed going for $11 per kilogramme.”
Masuku advised farmers to continue buying stockfeed for their animals instead of selling their beasts for a song or relocating them.
“So far the farmers have been highly co-operative in buying supplementary stockfeed to save their animals,” she said.
“For instance, Mangwe Farmers’ Association is currently planning to launch a feeding scheme on Wednesday next week.”
Government recently disclosed that over 500 beasts had died due to shortage of pastures, while more than 371 000 cattle in the province could also perish due to drought.
Masuku said grain for drought mitigation had also been distributed to all districts, but the challenge was packaging.
“The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) is, however, running short of packaging sacks though the grain is available,” she said.
“We, therefore, call upon people to co-operate in this situation by either bringing their own bags or returning those that belong to GMB.”