MASVINGO - The latest crop and livestock assessment report released by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural, Resettlement places Masvingo ahead of other provinces in cattle production scale in 2020/2021 season.
Despite a drop of 9 661 from last season’s 1 028 976 cattle, Masvingo has maintained the top spot with 1 019 315 cattle.
Provincial Veterinary head Dr Enerst Dzimwasha told TellZim News that Masvingo’s success premised on enhanced animal disease control measures which reduced livestock diseases.
He also praised improved breeding methods by farmers as well as improved pastures due to the early rains received this season.
“The large cattle production this season is attributed to the enhanced animal disease control measures which reduced livestock diseases like tick-bone disease and poverty deaths. Improved breeding methods, improved pastures and feed due to early rains received during 2020/21 season also contributed to the large cattle production,” said Dzimwasha.
He said farmers should consistently dip their cattle to maintain their heard.
“Farmers should remain consistent in doing dipping programs to reduce diseases and maintain herd production,” he said.
The southern region has maintained dominance in the country with Midlands recording the cattle production increase of 989 362 from 921 672, Matelebeleland South followed with an increase of 629 743 from last season’s 612 924.
Manicaland has increased its cattle herd from 607 990 to 615 190 in the 2020/21 season.
The report also states that the grazing condition is fair to good across all provinces except for some parts of Gokwe North, Zambezi Valley, Nkayi and Gwanda.
“Available grazing is expected to last up to next season in most districts. However in the northern parts of the country specifically parts of Gokwe North, Zambezi Valley, Nkayi and Gwanda are likely to have grazing challenges.
“Generally, communal areas will have shortage of grazing due to over-stocking and poor quality,” reads the report.