Agribank advises farmers to be cautious of poisonous plants

31 Aug 2018 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 31 AUG (NAMPA) – Agribank Namibia has advised farmers to take caution against plant poisoning in livestock with the upcoming seasonal changes.
In a media statement issued on Thursday, Agribank’s Technical Officer within the Agri Advisory Services Division, Erastus Ngaruka said poisonous plants mostly emerge during spring months (September and October) and when pastures are in poor condition or overgrazed.
He said animals were vulnerable to poisonous plants due to hunger, inexperience and accidental consumption.
Farmers should thus guard against animals eating any available plant to satisfy their daily need due to depleted valuable forage, particularly during a drought when the rangeland is degraded.
Farmers should also be on the lookout for animals new to an area or young which are not familiar to local forages or cannot distinguish the valuable plants from the poisonous plants.
“It is thus advisable to avoid introducing animals to a strange area during the time or season the poisonous plants are active,” Ngaruka stated.