MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Themba Mthembu giving an address during the Livestock Summit currently underway at Tongaat Town Hall.
MEC Mthembu says one of the main challenges faced by farmers is stock theft. "Through DAFF we are assisting livestock farmers with animal identification, the Animal Identification Act is clear, all animals need to be legally identified to ensure that if an animal is lost or stolen it can be returned to its rightful owner. Once your mark is put on the National register of Animal Identification system no one may use your brand or brand your animal without your permission. Hence we urge all animal owner to invest in this system to curb animal theft once and for all."
MEC Mthembu also reminded livestock farmers to take advantage of our vaccination programme and make sure that their cattle get the Doraject AD3E. It is a three in one supplement and also assist with deworming.
"With the theme “Commercializing communal Livestock to unlock hidden wealth in the value chain” together let’s come up with resolutions which will make livestock farming thrive in KwaZulu-Natal and better the lives of our people especially in rural areas. The ANC government led by president Ramaphosa has identified Agriculture as one of the sectors to boost the economy and that can only possible by us working together as stakeholders in the agricultural sector" says MEC Mthembu