Outbreaks of food and mouth disease is of great concern to the Meat Corporation of Namibia: Vekuii Rukoro

WINDHOEK: The outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the Northern Communal Areas is of great concern to the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco).

Meatco Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Advocate Vekuii Rukoro said this during a media open day hosted by the corporation in Windhoek yesterday.

Addressing members of the media and other role players in the agriculture industry, Rukoro expressed concern over the FMD outbreak and the impact it could have on the agriculture sector if not addressed properly.

Rukoro noted that since 70 per cent of Namibia’s population depends on agriculture, it will have a major negative direct and indirect impact on the sector.

The Meatco CEO said the approach to the outbreak should not be the traditional approach of throwing money at the problem, but must be informed by the need to address the real roots of the problem.

The Deputy Director of Animal Disease Control in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), John Shoopala yesterday said at a media conference that Government will spend about N.dollars 119 million on the vaccination of close to 1.2 million cattle against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the north-central regions of Namibia with immediate effect.