The ministry of agriculture, water and forestry has announced the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in northern Namibia on Saturday. cattle
The ministry said in a statement that an outbreak of foot-and- mouth disease was detected at Ohangwena region.
All movements of cattle across the Namibian/Angola border are suspended with immediate effect.
The ministry further urged Namibian cattle farmers who have grazing camps for thousands of cattle inside Angola to strictly adhere to this directive.
It also informed farmers that any of their cattle found to be moved into and outside Namibia along the border area will be confiscated and may be destroyed in accordance with the Animal Health Act.
“For the purpose of controlling this outbreak, the Directorate of Veterinary Services has sub-divided the Northern Communal Ares which consists of an infected, containment and surveillance areas, ” the ministry said.
Farmers were ordered not to move from and into the affected areas cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and wild animals, meat, milk, manure, hides, skins, bones, trophies and other potentially infectious material such as thatch grass, hay, straw and crop residues.
The movement of infected animals and animal products including contaminated vehicles, clothes, shoes and other objects, spreads foot-and-mouth disease and as such roadblocks will be set up at strategic points to restrict the movement of unauthorized animals and animal products.
Foot-and-mouth disease is a severe, highly contagious viral disease of cattle and swine. It also affects sheep, goats and deer and other cloven-hoofed ruminants.
Namibia has a relatively big livestock sector and exports almost 500,000 livestock such as cattle, goats and sheep to South Africa.
Currently Namibia also has a big export quota of beef to European Union (EU) on countries but it is also in talks with Russia and China to diversify its beef market.
Any disease outbreaks among its livestock such as the current foot-and-mouth disease usually make the livestock sector jittery because the EU and other importers of meat have stringent export requirements. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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