cattle 01.09.10.jpgGovernment says it is prepared to ensure that the national herd is restored and protected and will work towards equipping the Zimbabwe Republic Police in terms of transport for the force to effectively deal with cases of cattle rustling.

This was said by the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made during the handover ceremony of 100 motor bikes by his Ministry to the Zimbabwe Republic Police at Morris Depot in Harare.

Dr Made said his Ministry is working hard to ensure that the national herd is restored and the motor bikes are aimed at boosting the operational efficiency of the police in curbing stock theft.

“I am convinced that this donation will in turn heighten the farmer’s confidence in the level of security for their properties ….the confidence so attained naturally triggers more investments in the farming sector,” said Dr Made.

After receiving the motor bikes, ZRP Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri gave commitment that the police will increase the anti-stock theft unit’s efficiency in efforts to effectively deal with stock theft.

“It is without doubt that from time immemorial, livestock has remained a dependable source of draught power,” said Cde Chihuri.

The motor bikes will be distributed to all the country’s rural districts where cases of stock theft are rampant.

This year the country has already recorded 5 508 cases of cattle theft. Police managed to recover 1809 cattle.