DA calls on MEC for Rural Development to prioritise renovation of dipping tanks in EC

The Democratic Alliance calls on the MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, to prioritise the complete renovation of dipping tanks in Willowvale villages, Hadi, Msengeni, Tywaka and Nakazana villages.

In a response to a question for oral reply, the MEC states that the renovation of the aforementioned dipping tanks is not yet complete due to a lack of participation from local farmers and construction material delivery delays (click here to view the response).

The Department must facilitate the involvement of the local farmers as a matter of urgency as money has been wasted on deteriorating building material that was simply left out in the open field (click here, here and here to view pictures).

The importance of dipping tanks cannot be emphasised enough. Ensuring that livestock receive the best treatment for ticks is vital especially during warm seasons when they’re more prevalent. Ticks transmit the following diseases to cattle: Redwater, Gallsickness and Heartwater diseases. Farm workers in turn are at a high risk of contracting the most common rickettsial disease, tick bite fever, when handling cattle that may be infested with diseased ticks.

There have been multiple cases of cattle dying as a result of tick borne diseases.

Under a DA government, the importance of cattle for food security will never be ignored as these animals are an important source of food for villagers and maintaining their health is essential.

According to the MEC’s response, renovations to the dip tanks in Hadi, Msengeni, Tywaka and Nakazana will be completed by 31st December 2016. I will be monitoring the situation closely and I’ll be submitting follow-up questions to the MEC to enquire about the development of the facilities.

Local farmers and farm workers deserve to work in a safe environment and provide good quality food for their families and the community. We should not have to rely on imported meat when our province is rich with resources. — Veliswa Mvenya MPL, Constituency Leader: Phesheya Kwenciba

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