I received a response to a question for oral reply from the MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, stating that the renovation of dipping tanks in Willowvale villages, Hadi, Msengeni, Tywaka and Nakazana villages is not complete due to a lack of participation from local farmers and construction material delivery delays.
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.
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 dipping 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, Spokesperson on Rural Development and Agrarian Reform