Villagers and farmers in Mabudzane, North East district were on Tuesday shocked to learn that veterinary officials were on high alert due to indications that foot and mouth was affecting goats.

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During a kgotla meeting in the village, a veterinary official indicated that samples had been drawn from goats that had missing hooves and tongues.

“As we speak samples have been taken to the laboratory for further investigations to determine what is causing this unusual occurrence and also to ascertain if FMD has spread into goats”, he said.

After the meeting one villager Patricia Dintweng Sibanda could not hide her disappointment as she was heard saying: “Hela! What would become of us, no cattle or goats? Only chickens and ducks would be found roaming in the village. Ke mathatha (it’s a problem).”

Village development chairman Dr Otukile Fidion Mabudzane urged the government not to kill their livestock, but find means to curb the disease.

Efforts to get confirmation from the Ministry of Agriculture were futile as the officials responsible had not responded to a questionnaire at the time of going to print.

 

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DINTHOTSAKABOMO

ths is so hectic i must say bt lyk i said b4 we seem to be frighting and loosing the battle with FMD so the Q is if the results are positive r we going to kill ths goats n bury em or we cn simply vaccinate em and eat/sell em