FMD restrictions lifted in Zambezi

KATIMA MULILO: The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has lifted the movement of livestock in Zambezi Region, where the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has been successfully contained.

In a press statement issued on 27 May, the ministry’s acting permanent secretary Abraham Nehemia announced that the ban of livestock movement at Linyanti, Sabelo, Kikiya, Muketela and Kapani village has been lifted.

However, all livestock movement will be done in accordance with the ministry’s official movement permit issued by the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) for the purpose of farmers wishing to sale, quarantine, slaughter or exchange their livestock.

“Since the detection of the outbreak, areas within the 40km of the focil (areas) were designated containment areas. all indications are that the outbreak of FMD in the previously affected areas has been successfully contained and hence the decision to lift the restrictions that were imposed in the region with immediate effect”

“This means that livestock may now move within Zambezi Region under the cover of an official movement permit,” reads the statement.

The FMD outbreak at the area was detected on 1 December 2014, after which the ministry banned livestock movement and movement of infectious material within and from the region to other parts of the country.

According to the statement, commodities such as meat, milk and plant materials is now also allowed to be moved from one area to another within the region and this will not require the an official veterinary permit.’.

The meat movement ban from Katima Mulilo Abattoir has also been lifted, along with the restriction lifting on grass, skins, game trophies, however the movement of these materials will not be allowed into areas located south of the veterinary cordon fence.

The containment of the FMD at the Zambezi Region followed after the entire cattle population was protected by vaccination against FMD, with constant and intensive FMD surveillance used to detect any further outbreaks.