23 May 2013 13:54
WINDHOEK, 23 MAY (NAMPA) - Local farmers are required to register with their respective governors? offices to graze cattle in Angola.
Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer for Animal Disease Control in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Dr John Shoopala made the announcement on the sidelines of a signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Agriculture Ministries of Angola and Namibia on the control, prevention and eradication of trans-boundary animal diseases here on Thursday.
Shoopala said the aim of the registration is to control the movement of animals from Namibia into Angola, and vice versa.
?It is too difficult to determine how many animals cross the Namibia/Angola border during this severe drought situation. The registration of animals that go for grazing from Namibia to Angola, and from Angola to Namibia, needs to be registered so that we know how many go for grazing purposes,? he said.
Shoopala said now, during the drought period, livestock are moving on a regular basis to and from Namibia and Angola for grazing and water purposes.
The registration process, which commenced at the beginning of this month, will also assist with the vaccination of animals crossing that border.
It ends next month.
Ongoing programmes by the Directorate Veterinary Services (DVS) include mass and strategic vaccinations of animals against diseases such as foot and mouth disease (FMD), lung sickness and rabies.
More than 1,2 million cattle in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) were vaccinated against lung sickness during the 2012/2013 financial year. This represents 93 per cent of the targeted cattle population earmarked for vaccination.
In addition, over 90 per cent of cattle in the Caprivi Region, and in the Ndiyona and Mukwe constituencies of the Kavango Region were vaccinated against FMD.
The NCA bordering Angola is home to over 60 per cent of the total Namibian population.
In addition, the area has over 1.5 million cattle and 1.2 million small livestock, among other types of livestock.
The potential value of these resources is in excess of N.dollars 10 billion.