FMD outbreak in Oshana

15 January 2021 | Agriculture

TUYEIMO HAIDULA



OSHAKATI

The Windhoek central veterinary laboratory in Windhoek confirmed that two cases of foot and mouth disease (FMD) were detected at Ombambi crush-pen/village in the Ohangwena Region on 28 December 2020 and at Okadhiya crus-pen/village in Oshana on 6 January.

The agricultural ministry, through its chief veterinary officer Albertina Shilongo, recently declared the Olukonda constituency in Oshikoto as FMD infected after two out of five head of cattle in a herd showed clinical signs.

On Wednesday, Shilongo announced the two cases, adding that both the Okatjali and Okongo constituencies now fall under the infected areas.

She said in line with the Animal Health Act, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Oshana, Omusati and Kunene have now been declared disease management areas (DMAs) where strict measures will be instituted.

The ministry has imposed a ban on the movement of all live cloven-hoofed animals within and out of DMAs with immediate effect, Shilongo noted.

Permits cancelled

“Cloven-hoofed animals include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and wild animals. Movement restrictions of other potentially infectious commodities out of the DMAs such as hides, skins, game trophies, grass and plant materials have also been imposed until further notice. All previously issued permits into, within and out of the DMAs are hereby cancelled and recalled,” she said.

Shilongo added that “a number of roadblocks have been set up at strategic points and patrol teams are deployed within DMAs to enforce movement restriction.

“FMD surveillance aimed at establishing the extent [of infection] in the above-mentioned regions has been intensified and farmers are requested to bring their animals for inspections whenever announced by veterinary officials”.

The ministry will use NamLits to trace all livestock movement from and into the declared infected areas.

The movement of raw meat and other animal products from FMD-free zones and from an export abattoir in Zambezi into the FMD-protection zone are permitted.

However, transit of live cloven-hoofed animals and their products through the above-mentioned regions is not allowed.

FMD is a viral disease of cloven-hoofed animals found in all excretions and secretions of infected animals.

Symptoms include salivation, not grazing, limping, reluctance to move, fever, blisters and ulcers on the tongue, gums and on the hooves.

Outbreaks ongoing

The ministry also declared an FMD outbreak in Oshikoto on 28 December 2020 at the Onamulunga crush-pen in the Olukonda Constituency.

Shilongo further confirmed that the FMD outbreaks detected last year in Kavango East and Kavango West are continuing and all control measures instituted are still applicable.

“Farmers and the general public are urged to report any suspicious livestock movement to the nearest veterinary offices in order to contain the disease,” she said.

- [email protected]

Similar News

 

Farmworkers spent N$85 million in rural economy

23 hours ago | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKIt is estimated that commercial farmworkers spent at least N$85 million in the rural economy last year.The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) says it is...

Small-stock farmers can suffer huge losses from parasites

23 hours ago | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKSmall stock production in Namibia faces significant health challenges, mostly associated with parasite infestations, which can result in huge economic losses for farmers. The...

Understanding livestock licks and feed supplementation

23 hours ago | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKLivestock farming has become more expensive and one of the costliest factors is livestock feed and lick supplementation.Agribank’s technical advisor for livestock and rangeland,...

Green schemes badly managed

1 day - 22 June 2021 | Agriculture

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKA submission made to Cabinet indicates that Agribusdev did not properly manage the green schemes and that they were underperforming.Government...

Agri marked by insecurity to youth – Kauaria

2 days ago - 21 June 2021 | Agriculture

NAMPA RUNDUDeputy minister of higher education, training and innovation, Venomuinjo Kauaria, said the agricultural sector in Namibia is often marked by high...

Green scheme windfall for private sector

5 days ago - 18 June 2021 | Agriculture

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKGovernment is set to offer its green schemes to private-public partners as...

Calle reveals reasons for culling Agribusdev

6 days ago - 17 June 2021 | Agriculture

MATHIAS HAUFIKU WINDHOEK Way forward: · Abolish Agribusdev ...

SA on track to harvest record soya bean crop

1 week ago - 16 June 2021 | Agriculture

ANNELIE COLEMANSOUTH AFRICAThe current spike in soya bean production is good news for South Africa since it will mean that significantly less of the commodity...

Making agriculture sexy again

1 week ago - 15 June 2021 | Agriculture

Mariselle StofbergThe Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) officially handed over the School Garden Funding Project (SGFP) at Auas Primary School in Windhoek on 9 June. Auas...

Agribusdev workers living in fear

1 week ago - 15 June 2021 | Agriculture

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKWorkers at the troubled parastatal mandated to manage the country’s green schemes...

Latest News

Samherji apologises for Fishrot corruption

23 hours ago | Fishing

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKIcelandic seafood giant Samherji yesterday tendered an apology for the company’s role in the multimillion-dollar fishing scandal, dubbed Fishrot, but it maintains that no...

Board compels Namdia CEO to...

23 hours ago | Labour

MATHIAS HAUFIKUWINDHOEKThe Namibia Desert Diamonds’ (Namdia) board of directors has issued the company’s CEO Kennedy Hamutenya with a final written warning and directed him to...

Ovaherero foundation hits back at...

23 hours ago | Cultural

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe Ovaherero Genocide Foundation (OGF) has hit back at the Forum of German-speaking Namibians, which recently rebuked threats that Namibian descendants of German genocide...

Mozambique gas plan on track...

23 hours ago | Economics

Italian energy company Eni on Monday said that an offshore gas project in Mozambique's insurgent-hit north was still on track to start operating in 2022...

Congo, China agree on debt...

23 hours ago | Economics

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday agreed in principle to a restructuring of Congo's vast debts, an issue which was blocking negotiations with the International...

Taking personal responsibility

23 hours ago | Opinion

As a flurry of new Covid-19 cases continues to be revealed, especially in Windhoek, which is now the epicentre of the pandemic in Namibia, divergent...

NBC employees dump Napwu

23 hours ago | Labour

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) has lost its bargaining power to negotiate on behalf of the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) employees.NBC director-general Stanley...

South African pensioners fear vaccination

23 hours ago | Economics

KIM HARRISBERGWhen Esther Dhlamini went to collect her pension in Johannesburg's Soweto township, she was surprised to find a local bishop on hand to calm...

Ohangwena governor denounces vaccine conspiracies

23 hours ago | Health

TUYEIMO HAIDULAOSHAKATIOhangwena regional health director John Hango says Namibians should stop spreading conspiracy theories around the vaccine and has urged that they go out in...

Load More