Cattle farmers in Beitbridge have received a major boost that will see pedigree bulls being introduced so as to improve cattle breeds.

The programme will run for a period of five years in Chief Matibe’s area. So far one bull has been given to Chief Matibe, while traditional leaders across the constituency have started the process of identifying other beneficiaries.

“Under the programme, we will donate 10 breeding bulls yearly to the community. Only the chief will own the bull,” said Albert Nguluvhe- Beitbridge East Legislator.

The breeding project will help improve live stock farming in the area where most families rely on cattle farming as a source of livelihood.

Chief Matibe applauded the cattle project saying it is a great initiative.

“People need more support in capacitating their farming projects. Government should also find ways of mitigating effects of drought on livestock,” said Chief Matibe.

There are over 95 thousand cattle in the entire Beitbridge district, with the biggest challenge at the moment being lack of pastures and drinking water.

85 percent of all pastures and range land in Matabeleland South is considered to be in a poor or very poor condition. 74 percent of the land area in the province is under extreme or exceptional drought with Beitbridge, Gwanda, Matobo, Bulilima and Mangwe being the worst affected.