The Ministry of Agriculture on Monday launched an exercise to vaccinate cattle across the Lower Shire.
The vaccination programme is part of intensive efforts by government to control foot and mouth disease among cattle in Nsanje and Chikhwawa.
Areas where the vaccination will take place include Bangula in Nsanje, and Nthumba in Chikhwawa district.
Government has since asked livestock farmers in areas where the exercise has begun to make sure their cattle have been vaccinated.
Director for Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Ben Chimera said the ministry will make sure that all cattle in the district have received the vaccination.
Chimera added that they did not immediately provide the vaccination because the ministry do not keep the vaccine for a long time since it does not have a laboratory. The vaccine was procured from Botswana and it landed in the country on Friday.
Recently, the ministry revealed that over 65,000 cattle are at risk of being affected by foot and mouth disease.
Foot and mouth disease is a highly contagious disease that mostly affects cattle and has very devastating socio-economic consequences if not timely controlled.
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