05 Jun 2014 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) No movement of livestock will take place in the Ohangwena Region until further notice after a buffalo with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was spotted and killed around Okongo more than a week ago.
Okongo is a village in the Ohangwena Region in northern Namibia, situated about 120 kilometres east of Eenhana.
The Agriculture, Water and Forestry Ministry announced the immediate implementation of the national FMD contingency plan within the Ohangwena region, in line with the Animal Health Act 1 of 2011, in a media statement issued on Wednesday.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry Anna Shiweda revealed the successful tracking and killing of a lone African buffalo around Okongo in the region on 24 May 2014.
African buffalo are known reservoirs of the FMD virus, from which it can be transmitted to domestic livestock through direct contact between infected and susceptible livestock, or through indirect contact with urine, manure and contaminated fomites.
The Eloolo Oshakati Meatco abattoir was also closed for cattle from the region.
The implementation involves an immediate cessation of the movement of livestock (cattle, sheep, goats and pigs) from the region; the cancellation and recall of all livestock permits issued by the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) for livestock movements out of the region; and the mounting of possible roadblocks and temporary fences in and around the region, Shiweda stated.
Farmers were also urged to ensure that all livestock were clearly identified, using registered stock brands and official ear tags in case of cattle, and appropriate ear tags for small stock and pigs. Farmers are furthermore requested to herd their livestock for the duration of this contingency, and to immediate report stray animals to their nearest veterinary office.
The ministry will continue to monitor the situation, and make further announcements on the duration and extent of the contingency, as the situation unfolds, she stated.
Shiweda added that specific dates for livestock inspections would be announced in due course.