Chivi villagers in Masvingo Province who use Nyaningwe dip tank in ward 11 were recently advised that they were going to adopt the 5,5,4 system of dipping their cattle by the veterinary department.
This system is said to be a trial in reducing the number of cattle that are dying of the tick borne disease a move villagers from ward 12 and 11 welcomed.
“We welcome the good news from our dip attendant that we are going to adopt a new system of dipping our cattle, surely many cattle died of January disease so this move i think will help.
“This 5,5,4 system means that we will dip our cattle after every 5 days, then after 4 days like that. The move will keep the left cattle,” a ward 11 villager told Hevoi FM News.
A Madziva villager in ward 12 Chengeto Moyo told Hevoi FM News that he also viewed the move as helpful as it was going to help keep the only left areas in the district which were not affected.
“It is great to hear that we are going to dip our cattle after every 4 days. Here in Chivi we already some areas who have their heard of cattles die. So i think this system will help save cattle from the left areas in the district,” said Moyo.
Confirming this initiative, the Nyaningwe dip tank attendant Jeffrey Maheve told Hevoi FM News that the Veterinary department saw it best to introduce this system of dipping as it was going to curb this disease caused by ticks.
“It is because cattle were continuing to die that the Veterinary department saw it best to introduce the 5,5,4 days system of dipping cattle so that maybe we will not continue losing our cattle,” Maheve said.