Hundreds of livestock perish in BaghlanBy Habib Rahman Sherzai Mar 16, 2011 - 15:31
PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): More than 350 livestock have died over the past week from an unknown disease in the northern province of Baghlan, farmers said on Wednesday.
Veterinarians were sent to Jalga and Banowi districts on Wednesday to identify the disease, officials said.
"Over the past three days, 60 livestock, including goats, sheep and cows have died in the district," a farmer in Banowi district, Zakria, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
If the government does not cooperate, all the livestock will die, he said. The disease spread to the district from Jalga, he added.
"Five days ago, my lambs went to sleep at night, but they were dead in the morning," another farmer from Jalga, Mustafa, said.
Nearly 300 livestock, including cows, sheep, goat and camels, have died in the district, he said.
The death of the animals is threatening the people, a district representative, Fazaluddin Muradi, said, accusing agriculture officials of not making any efforts to stop the spread of the disease.
However, Abdul Satar, head of the livestock division of the provincial agriculture, irrigation and livestock department, said they had sent veterinary teams to investigate.
When the disease is identified, they can control it, he said