Zimbabwe’s Government has with immediate effect, suspended the importation of all live cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in some parts of Limpopo Province on Tuesday.
Botswana has also taken similar action. In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement said the position was arrived at following an outbreak of the disease, affecting the non-vaccination disease-free zone in the Limpopo Province. FMD was reported in these areas on Tuesday, although authorities say the affected places will not affect the country’s meat export business. Government said the Department of Veterinary Service would continue monitoring the situation, in view of progress to be made in the control of the outbreak. Part of the statement reads:
The control of foot and mouth disease involves the implementation of trade restrictions. Consequently, all imports that had been issued before 09-01-2019 and not used are hereby cancelled. In line with the Animal Health Act CAP 10:01, the issuance of permits is a mandatory requirement for the importation of all animal products. Any import application will now be considered on a case by case basis depending on the risk.
In a statement the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said the affected areas were under quarantine. The department also said investigations were being conducted to verify the results and determine the extent of the outbreak.