SA commences with new livestock import conditions

03 Sep 2016 06:20am
WINDHOEK, 03 SEP (NAMPA) – The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in South Africa has approved four facilities to receive cattle, sheep and goats intended for direct slaughter and feedlot purposes.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Sophy Kasheeta in a media statement issued on Friday said the department has started implementing long awaited, less stringent import conditions for these animals.
The Meat Board of Namibia last month cancelled the livestock export scheme to South Africa as it said the new veterinary conditions for livestock imports by South Africa on 01 July 2016 makes the export scheme unnecessary.
South Africa implemented new livestock import regulations for Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, as gazetted and announced by South African Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana on 27 May 2016.
“We expect that this development will bring relief to the farming community and exporters as the new permit reduces the need for compulsory pre-export Brucella testing and double tuberculosis (TB) testing,” Kasheeta said.
She said under the current system, exporters must apply to the DAFF in Pretoria for the new Veterinary Import Permit (VIP); all animals must be properly identified using the official Namibian Livestock Identification and Traceability System (NamLITS) ear tags for cattle sheep and goats; and the VIP must be certified by the local state veterinarian in Namibia.
Currently, the exporter must declare the consignment to veterinary officials of both countries at the border.
The acting permanent secretary said the veterinary officials in South Africa will issue a Red Cross Permit for the consignment from the border to the final destination, where arrangements have to be made for the owner of the facility (feedlot or abattoir) to receive the consignment and break the seals.
“Movements to all other destinations in SA are subject to the existing, stringent import conditions until further notice,” said Kasheeta.
She cautioned exporters of livestock not to divert or exchange animals in certified consignments in order not to jeopardise this sensitive trade facilitating arrangement.