A senior government official in Chipata district in Eastern Province Government called on the Ministry Livestock and Fisheries to put up stringent measures in border areas with Malawi following an outbreak of the African swine fever in that country’s Mchinji district.

Mchinji is about 15 kilometres from the Zambia-Malawi one stop border post.

District Commissioner Kalunga Zulu said in an interview with ZANIS that the Ministry must put precautionary measures to ensure that the disease does not spread to the Zambian side.

He said there is a possibility of the disease spreading to Zambia if the swine fever can be found in Mchinji district.

Mr Zulu said the district is not far from Chipata and hence the movement of pork products as well as pigs into the Zambian side should be halted.

He said swine fever is a very deadly disease adding that a red flag should be put at the border to reduce chances of the disease spreading into his district and the surrounding areas.

Mr Zulu said he will engage the immigration department, District Agriculture Officer (DACO) and District Veterinary Officer (DVO) to find ways of protecting the animals on the Zambian side from the disease.

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