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· South Africa's neighbors ban meat imports over foot and mouth disease
Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak could lead to technical recession
Palesa Dlamini, City Pages, Johannesburg, South Africa (SA)
South Africa has been placed on the no export list following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which has been detected in the cattle of a small village of Sundani in the district of Vhembe in Limpopo.
According to spokesperson for the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Khaye Nkwanyana, the country was placed on the list by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) after the health department notified them of the outbreak on Monday.
“Our department started receiving enquires about a week ago from people in the Sundani area after they had noticed symptoms of lameness in their cattle. We collected samples from the cattle and after a number of lab tests were run over the weekend, results confirmed the outbreak,” he said.
Nkwanyana explained that FMD was a severe, highly contagious viral disease which affects livestock including sheep, pigs and goats with significant economic impact.
“South Africa is a big exporter of red meat not only within Africa, but in the Middle East, Europe and South America. The outbreak led the OIE to withdraw its safety status on our meat until we have eliminated FMD. Countries that we trade with, especially those in Europe, will not import meat from us and if we do not contain this South Africa’s economy will take a huge knock,” he said.
“Meat, especially beef, is a huge contributor within agriculture’s contribution to the country’s GDP. A loss of hundreds of millions of rands is possible which could even lead to a technical recession, if the situation is not contained immediately.”
Chief director of animal production and health, Botlhe Modisane, said that the consumption of meat from an animal infected with the disease would not affect human beings, however, it was not advisable for the meat to be transported to other countries.
“The problem is that the meat from those animals is infective [capable of causing infection] as are the animals. This means that people who handle it transfer the disease to other animals through their contaminated hands and clothes,” he said.
Having previously occurred in KwaZulu-Natal (2011), Mpumalanga (2013) and Limpopo (2015), Nkwanyana told City Press that the disease was difficult to manage and would certainly make an occurrence from time to time.
In 2015, City Press reported that the KwaZulu-Natal outbreak that happened in 2011 also resulted in the ban of the export of red meat and other livestock products from South Africa which resulted in the country losing R4 billion a year until 2014 when the ban was lifted...
South Africa's neighbors ban meat imports over foot and mouth disease
Reporting by Lunga Masuku, MacDonald Dzirutwe; writing by Tanisha Heiberg and Jason Neely, Reuters
January 10, 2019
MBABANE/GABORONE/HARARE (Reuters) - Botswana and the Kingdom of eSwatini, formerly Swaziland, have suspended meat imports from South Africa while Zimbabwe is in the process of setting up a ban due to the outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease.
The disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle and sheep, was detected in a northern district of Limpopo province, South Africa’s agriculture department announced this week.
eSwatini, which is heavily reliant on South Africa for food, and Botswana on Wednesday announced that they would ban products from cloven hoofed animals, joining Namibia which had suspended imports with immediate effect.
“We have strengthened our surveillance in collaboration with security agents and customs officials in all border posts,” Xolani Dlamini, director of veterinary services at the agriculture ministry, told Reuters late on Wednesday.
Botswana’s Agricultural Ministry said it would also halt the movement of cloven hoofed animals and their products from South Africa as well as transiting those products through Botswana.
Botswana is one of the largest beef exporters to the EU...