By CHINOYI CHIPULU
African Swine Fever (ASF) has broken out in Chingola District.
The outbreak has prompted Chingola Municipal Council (CMC) to ban the movement of pig and pig products in and out of the district to curb the further spread of ASF.
CMC Assistant Public Relations Manager Evelyn Mulenga confirmed in a statement that the Municipality is in receipt of a letter from the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock indicating the outbreak.
Ms Mulenga said several measures have been put in place to curb the further spread of the disease in other parts of the province.
“Chingola Municipal Council wishes to inform all residents that there is an outbreak of ASF in the district. Hence movement of pigs, pig products and by products within, in and out of the District has been banned.
“Secondly, all Pig slaughter and marketing facilities in Chingola have been closed and pig products and by products selling points have been given permission to finish all stocks within a period of 14 days after which they will not be allowed to restock until the situation is brought under control,” she said.
She noted that all pigs, pig products and by products found under contravening circumstances will be destroyed without compensation and persons in charge of these will be prosecuted.
Ms Mulenga has urged residents to take precaution and take the notification with great importance.