Farmer takes measure to protect his cattle (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Husbandry Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has instructed cities and provinces affected by the frosty cold over the past few days to take all necessary measures to ease the damage caused by the severe weather to the animal breeding sector.

The municipal and provincial Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development were requested to send working groups to help locals minimise losses to their animals.

Specialised agencies should swiftly and regularly update farmers with weather conditions via mass media, the Husbandry Department said.

It also asked the localities to take the initiative in using their own budgets to fight strong cold spells and overcome their consequences.

Local farmers should be guided to raise their cattle with on-the-spot feed, not let them wander during cold days and decontaminate breeding facilities in order to prevent the outbreak of diseases.

The localities were requested to put forth recovery plans and provide farmers with breeding stock and animal feed after the cold spell.

By 5 pm on January 28, the freezing weather had killed 8,913 buffalo and cows in northern and northern central provinces.

The northern mountainous province of Son La suffered the worst loss with 2,756 livestock animals killed, followed by the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien, Quang Nam province in the central region and Lao Cai province, also in the northern mountainous region.-VNA