MAWF lifts animal movement restrictions

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) has lifted the ban on the movement of livestock in the Otjozondjupa region, following the killing of a lone buffalo in farms surrounding the Waterberg Plateau Park.

MAWF officials shot and killed the buffalo last Friday, after it has been seen on various farms in the Otjozondjupa Region since the beginning of the year.

A 21-day ban had been imposed following the sighting of a buffalo in that area.

In a media statement issued on Tuesday, MAWF Permanent Secretary, Joseph Iita, said investigations on the ground however revealed that the young buffalo was part of a herd of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) free buffaloes in the park.

“All indications are that the buffalo was alone, tested negative for a disease of economic importance, and hence the decision to lift the restrictions that were imposed in some areas in Otjiwarongo and Okahandja state veterinary districts,” he noted.

Buffaloes are known carriers of the virus which cause FMD – a highly contagious livestock disease. As such, news of a buffalo roaming the farmland caused a lot of panic in the area, leading to the ban on the movement of livestock.

SOURCE: NAMPA