Ban on SA beef and pork exports start moving

The ban on exports of beef and pork from South Africa following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Limpopo in February has been lifted to several regions.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff), no new clinical cases of FMD have been reported in the last five weeks.

And while the country has not regained FDM-free zone status, Daff has successfully renegotiated terms for the exportation of beef to Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Mozambique, Qatar, Swaziland and the UAE.

Trade in pork from FMD-free pig compartments has also been re-established with Lesotho, Mozambique, Seychelles and Swaziland, and partially with Namibia.

Negotiations with Namibia for beef and Botswana for pork are under way.

In addition, dairy markets have largely been restored while some markets for the export of hides, skins and wool are still affected.

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