FMD restrictions relaxed

04 February 2019 | Agriculture

Namibian veterinary services have eased restrictions on imports of certain cloven-hoofed animals and products from South Africa.

A ban on all imports of cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa was implemented in response to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in that country in January.

The directorate of veterinary services has now given the green light for imports of fresh and frozen pork products from approved sources and areas, as well as raw meat produced before 5 December and selected baled forage and silage under certain conditions.

Fresh and frozen pork from biosecure pig compartments in all provinces excluding Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal will be accepted. Raw meat produced before 5 December is allowed, on condition that it was kept separate to avoid cross-contamination under supervision of the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (DAFF) in South Africa.

Baled forage and silage originating from all the provinces except Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal will be accepted.

The baled forage and silage must come from establishments that are fenced off and where there are no cloven-hoofed animals.

Foot-and-mouth disease was detected in the Vehmbe District in the FMD-free zone of Limpopo Province and reported to the World Health Organisation for Animal Health on 7 January this year.

As a result, South Africa's FMD-free status was temporarily suspended.

STAFF REPORTER

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