02 Jun 2015 14:20pm
KATIMA MULILO, 02 JUN (NAMPA) The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has lifted the restriction on the movement of livestock in the Zambezi Region, where the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) has been successfully contained.
A media statement issued on 27 May said the ministrys acting Permanent Secretary Abraham Nehemia announced that the ban on livestock movement at the Linyanti, Sabelo, Kikiya, Muketela and Kapani villages has been lifted.
However, all livestock movement will be done in accordance with the ministrys official movement permit issued by the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) for the purpose of farmers wishing to sell, quarantine, slaughter or exchange their livestock.
Since the detection of the outbreak, areas within 40 kilometres of these areas were designated containment areas. All indications are that the outbreak of FMD in the previously affected areas has been successfully contained, hence the decision to lift the restrictions that were imposed on the region with immediate effect.
This means that livestock may now move within Zambezi Region under the cover of an official movement permit, reads the statement.
The FMD outbreak at the area was detected on 01 December 2014, after which the ministry banned livestock movement and the movement of infectious material within and from the region to other parts of the country.
According to the statement, commodities such as meat, milk and plant materials are now also allowed to be moved from one area to another within the region. This will not require an official veterinary permit.
The meat movement ban from the Katima Mulilo Abattoir has also been lifted, along with the restriction on grass, skins, and game trophies. These materials may however not be moved into areas located south of the veterinary cordon fence.