UN intervenes to save cattle as drought hits Zim

2013-12-05 14:04


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Drought, revenue drop to weigh on Zim budget
Drought, revenue drop to weigh on Zim budget

Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa faces a tough task as he presents the country’s 2016 national budget amid falling revenues and a severe drought.

Cape Town – The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has intervened to save more than half-million units of livestock in Zimbabwe, amid a severe drought, a report says.

According to Daily News, the Zimbabwe Matabelelalnd South province holds the bulk of the country’s cattle but severe droughts have drastically reduced the heard to alarming levels.

Most villagers are reportedly losing their livestock daily due to lack of pastures.

FAO said it was working with other local non-governmental organisations to reach out to many cattle farmers.

FAO under its cattle feeding programme will supply thousands of 50kg bags of stock feeds and drilling boreholes, the report said.

Zimbabwe is one of the six southern African countries hit by drought this year, leaving over 14 million people in the affected countries in need of urgent food aid.

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