MAWF lifts restrictions on animal movement in Zambezi
17 Feb 2014 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 17 FEB (NAMPA) The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry announced the lifting of restrictions following the successful containment of the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the Zambezi Region last year.
MAWF Permanent Secretary Joseph Iita, in a media statement issued on Monday, noted that all indications are that the outbreak of FMD in the previously affected areas has been successfully contained since the last clinical case was observed on 17 August 2013.
These led to the decision to lift the restrictions that were imposed in the region with immediate effect. This means that all livestock may now move within the Zambezi Region under cover of an official veterinary movement permit issued by the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) for various purposes such as for sale, quarantine, slaughter, exchange and others, he said.
FMD was detected at the Ivilivinze and Masikili villages in the Kabbe Constituency on 05 August 2013. Since the detection of the outbreak, areas within 40 kilometres of Ivilivinzi and Ikumwe were designated as protection zones. Restrictions on livestock movements and movement of other potentially infectious materials within and from the region to other regions were put in place since the beginning of the outbreak.
All cattle in the Zambezi Region were protected by vaccination against FMD. Constant and intensive FMD surveillance has been going on to detect any further outbreaks. Awareness campaigns for farmers and general public in the affected areas and in the rest of the region were implemented.
This also means that potentially infectious materials such as skins, game trophies may now move out of the region after DVS supervised treatments and quarantine for 30 days and also covered by health certificates and movement permits issued by the DVS.
Commodities such as meat, milk and plant materials may now be moved within the region as usual and do not require an official veterinary movement permit, Iita added.