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Mon, 06 May 2019 16:54 - Updated Mon, 06 May 2019 16:53

Animal death claims over AKz 27 million economic loss

Ondjiva - At least 27 million kwanzas is the estimated amount of the economic damages caused by animal death in the province of Cunene, from October to mid-April. Cattle account for 90 percent of this figure.

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A dead cattle in Cunene province

Photo: Tarcísio Vilela

According to estimates made by Angop based on the report of the Local Government for this period, the amount is a result of the multiplication of the total of 19,572 livestock (cattle, goats and pigs) by selling the head at 200 kwanzas and seven months of drought.

With 17,995,600 kwanzas, Curoca is the most affected municipality, followed by Cahama with Akz 3,635,800, Cuanhama with 3,357,200 kwanzas, Namacundi with Akz 861,000, Ombadja with 835,800 kwanzas and Cuvelai with 669,200 kwanzas, in a general total of 436 localities.

"These figures translate almost the death of the cattle, since in every 100 oxen, only hypothetically dies a pig or kid", according to the governor of Cunene, Vigilio Tyova, for whom "the losses can be much greater to judge with dead cattle not accounted for".

In fact, according to this official (when he presented the effects of the drought in the province to the President of the Republic, João Lourenço), that figure (19,539) increased last week to 26,267, at a time when some of 1.1 million cattle are affected.

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