Eastern Cape pig farmers warned of ‘swine swindlers’

2016-07-17 11:30


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Mbhashe - Thieves posing as rural development officials in the Eastern Cape are collecting pigs from farmers claiming there has been an outbreak of “classic swine flu”, MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said on Friday.

“Pig farmers and owners must be careful of thieves trying to swindle their swine from their piggery pans,” he said in a statement.

They had received reports that people claiming to represent the department were going around rural areas of the Mbashe local municipality, collecting pigs to be put down because of an outbreak of “classical swine fever”.

He said there was no outbreak in the province or anywhere else in the country.

Qoboshiyane said the thieves were taking advantage of a farmer census the department and University of Fort Hare were working on.

The aim of the census was to help the department improve its support to farmers and link them to markets where they could sell their produce. 

Qoboshiyane encouraged members of the public to report individuals who made such claims to the police or department officials.

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