ELEVEN commercial farmers have donated 13 breeding bulls to communities in Matabeleland South to help them improve the quality of the national herd.
This was revealed at the Zimbabwe Republic Police Matabeleland South provincial celebrations of the successful launch of Cattle Branding Model Village programme yesterday.
Senior Minister in the President’s Office and Cabinet Simon Khaya Moyo, who officiated at the occasion, said the 13 bulls had been distributed in the province’s seven districts.
“I would like to thank these farmers for supporting this programme and would like to urge communities to look after the donated bulls,” he said.
The bulls that include the beefmaster, Nguni and bonzomara breeds were donated by a group of commercial farmers across the province led by James Ross Goddard of Pezulu Ranch who donated two bulls to the community and another to minister Khaya Moyo.
Other farmers who contributed include Colin Edwards, Chris Androliakos, Robert Rosafels, Willie Swan, David Drummond, George Watson, Albert Joubert, AJ Brandwick, Dereck Rochat and Paul Pilossof.
Officer commanding Matabeleland South police Assistant Commissioner Goodwill Munyaradzi Musariri said many farmers had branded their livestock making it easier for them to identify stolen cattle.
However, Musariri lamented the fact that cattle continued to stray onto highways leading to accidents.
He said there has been a drop in stocktheft cases following the launch of the cattle-branding exercise in the province.