Buffalo in Kombat area FMD negative:MAWF

12 Feb 2015 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 FEB (NAMPA) – Samples from the young buffalo which was shot dead in the Kombat area on Monday have tested negative for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
The Deputy Director of Veterinary Animal Disease Control Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAFW) Dr John Shoopala told Nampa on Thursday that based on the results and investigations, the young buffalo was part of the FMD-free buffaloes in the Waterberg Plateau Park.
“The buffalo escaped from the park about two days ago, and it was tested negative for FMD,” he explained.
Meanwhile, MAWF Permanent Secretary Joseph Iita announced the lifting of restrictions following the destruction of the same lone buffalo at Okamukandi farm No. 148 in the Kombat area of the Otjozondjupa Region in a media statement on Thursday.
The Agriculture ministry imposed a temporary but complete ban on the movement of cloven-hoofed animals as from Monday in the Otjozondjupa, Oshikoto, Kunene and Omaheke Regions after that buffalo was spotted and shot in the Kombat area.
According to Iita, a farmer reported the incident to the ministry, who stated that he shot the buffalo upon seeing it mingling with his cattle at a waterpoint on 09 February 2015.
“All indications are that the buffalo was alone, tested negative for a disease of economic importance and hence the decision to lift the restrictions which were imposed in some areas in the Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein, Otavi and Okakarara State veterinary districts,” Iita added.