Botswana bans South African beef over FMD outbreak

APA-Gaborone (Botswana)

Botswana’s Ministry of Agriculture said Wednesday that it has banned the import of live cloven hoofed animals and their products from neighbouring South Africa after a report of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Limpopo province.

This follows an announcement by South Africa's Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Tuesday that it had been informed of positive laboratory results for the disease in the province's Vhembe district after samples were collected during an investigation following reports of cattle with lameness.

In a statement, Botswana’s Ministry states that “as a result, import restrictions are imposed on live cloven hoofed animals and their products.”

It added that “the movement of such animals and their products, originating from South Africa and transiting through Botswana is also not allowed. The importation of veldt grasses, bedding and animal manure contaminated products and vehicles are not allowed.”

It further stated that “all permits issued in respect to the above products are cancelled with immediate effects.”

Botswana which is prone to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease supplies beef to the European Union.



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