Movement of livestock relaxed

10 Nov 2015 11:30am


The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) has lifted the movement of livestock within areas that were designated as 'infected' after significant progress has been made in the containment of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD).

MAWF Acting Permanent Secretary Abraham Nehemia announced in a statement issued on Tuesday that taking cognizance of the prevailing drought conditions, movements of livestock (with an official veterinary movement permit) will be allowed within areas that were designated as 'infected' or 'containment.'

However, Nehemia said movement from the infected area to the containment area is prohibited except for direct slaughter under official veterinary supervision. An outbreak of FMD occurred on 11 May this year in Namibia, affecting Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Kavango west and Omusati regions.

The second outbreak foot-and-mouth disease took place in the FMD infected Zone on 10 July this year in the Zambezi region. The response to these outbreaks mainly involved zoning; movement controls; decontamination; mass vaccinations of cattle; animal disease surveillance and awareness creation.

The last cases of FMD in the FMD Protection Zone were reported on 22 July this year in Omusati region and in the infected Zone in Zambezi region on 31 July 2015, respectively.

"In light of the progress, MAWF has started a process of cautiously reviewing some of the restrictions that were imposed at the beginning of the outbreaks," said Nehemia.

He said movement of thatch grass from Kavango East and West regions to the rest of Namibia will be permitted under a veterinary permit, which contains the conditions that must adhered to.

He also said that the movement of fodder, hay, sorghum or maize stalks from north to south through the the Veterinary Cordoned Fence (VCF) shall only be allowed from pre-approved Green Scheme farms where the farm is securely fenced off to ensure that it is not accessible to cloven-hoofed animals.

Movement of hides and skins and game trophies from will be allowed to move to areas south of the VCF following laid down procedures, he indicated. "The permits for such movements have to be obtained centrally in Windhoek at the export/import control section," said Nehemia.