Trade resumes slowly following FMD containment

Following zero cases of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in the Limpopo province for 10 weeks, trade has resumed for commodities considered safe by the OIE World Organisation for Animal Health, said Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana.

“The department has successfully negotiated the revision of veterinary health certificates for beef to Bahrain, Lesotho, Mozambique, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Swaziland, Seychelles, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates”.

It includes game produced before 5 December 2019 destined for Namibia, Zokwana said in a statement earlier today.

Trade in pork from FMD-free pig compartments has also been re-opened to Lesotho, Seychelles, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Namibia, although only partially in respect of the latter.

The department also reported that markets for dairy products have largely been restored, while the market for the export of wool to Egypt has been re-opened. 

“The trade task team is working hard to open trade channels for the commodities that are still not trading freely – mainly wool, mohair, and hides for leather production.

“Negotiations that are still underway include Namibia for beef, Botswana for pork, Egypt for hides and skin, as well as Malaysia for hides, skin and wool,” a departmental spokesperson added.

He highlighted that movement controls remain in place in the disease management area even though roadblocks will most likely be discontinued by the end of April.

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