Lusaka, August 23, 2019, ZANIS---Government says the construction and rehabilitation of dip tanks across the country is progressing well, as it is the major animal disease prevention and control measure.

Minister of Fisheries and Livestock, Nkandu Luo said the construction of dip tanks and rehabilitation of the existing ones is work in progress and the answer to curbing animal diseases such as Foot and Mouth.

Professor Luo told journalists in Lusaka yesterday that some dip tanks have been completed and commissioned while others are under construction.

She disclosed that her ministry has embarked on the drilling of boreholes in areas where dip tanks are situated with a view of enhancing water sufficiency.

“Dip Tank construction and rehabilitation across the country is work in progress. In order to enhance water supply, we have embarked on the drilling of boreholes in areas that had no water and this project will improve the production and quality of our animals,” she enlightened.

The Minister Fisheries and Livestock implored farmers to take livestock farming as a business adding that rehabilitation and construction of dip tanks is a policy, that is being implemented fully.

On the exportation of Sheep and Goats to Saudi Arabia, Professor Luo emphasised that the exercise will commence once all the logistics are put in place such as the number of livestock and modernised abattoirs.

In the 2017 budget government allocated K30 million towards the rehabilitation and construction of dip tanks across the country.

From 2016 to 2017, 61 dip tanks were completed with a further 200 under construction and rehabilitation.