Neigh­bours ban im­port of SA live­stock after dis­ease out­break

Daily Dispatch - - Business - KEVIN SAMAITA – BDlive

The Zim­bab­wean gov­ern­ment has banned the im­port of live­stock prod­ucts from SA fol­low­ing an out­break of foot-and­mouth dis­ease in Lim­popo.

This comes as Botswana, Eswa­tini (for­merly Swazi­land) and Namibia have also taken sim­i­lar ac­tion in a de­vel­op­ment that will af­fect SA’s multi-bil­lion rand meat in­dus­try.

South Africa’s depart­ment of agri­cul­ture, forestry and fish­eries la­belled the out­break in Lim­popo a cri­sis as the coun­try had to stop its ex­ports of cloven-hoofed an­i­mals such as cat­tle, pig and goats.

Zim­babwe’s min­istry of land, agri­cul­ture, wa­ter, cli­mate and ru­ral re­set­tle­ment said in a state­ment on Thurs­day that the de­ci­sion to ban im­ports of all live cloven-hoofed an­i­mals and their prod­ucts was in­evitable.

“The con­trol of foot and mouth dis­ease in­volves the im­ple­men­ta­tion of trade re­stric­tions,” the state­ment said.

“In line with the An­i­mal Health Act, the is­suance of per­mits is a manda­tory re­quire­ment for the im­por­ta­tion of all an­i­mal prod­ucts.

“Any im­port ap­pli­ca­tion will now be con­sid­ered on a caseby-case ba­sis de­pend­ing on the risk,” it said.

In an­other state­ment this week, Botswana’s di­rec­tor for ve­teri­nary ser­vices, Letl­hogile Mod­ish, said the move­ment of hoofed an­i­mals and their prod­ucts from SA had been banned.

“The im­por­ta­tion of veld grasses, bed­ding and an­i­mal ma­nure from the con­tam­i­nated area is also pro­hib­ited with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” he said.

The highly con­ta­gious footand-mouth dis­ease was first de­tected in the Vhembe Dis­trict of Lim­popo. The dis­ease causes le­sions and lame­ness in cat­tle and sheep.

The SA depart­ment of agri­cul­ture said that the af­fected ar­eas were un­der quar­an­tine and in­ves­ti­ga­tions to ver­ify the re­sults and de­ter­mine the ex­tent of the out­break were be­ing con­ducted.

“We have quickly quar­an­tined the area, so it does not af­fect the com­mer­cial live­stock farm­ing which will pose a dan­ger to us as con­sumers and the ex­port busi­ness,” spokesper­son Khaye Nk­wanyana said.

The World Or­gan­i­sa­tion for An­i­mal Health has of­fi­cially tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended SA’s foot-and-mouth-free sta­tus un­til the af­fected area is cleared of the dis­ease.

The con­trol of foot and mouth dis­ease in­volves the ex­er­cise of trade re­stric­tions

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