Namibia and South Africa are re-examining animal health requirements for the exporting of livestock to neighbouring country

WINDHOEK: Namibia and South Africa (SA) are re-examining animal health requirements for the exporting of livestock to the neighbouring country.

Acting Chief Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry’s Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS), Dr John Shoopala told Nampa today that a bilateral meeting took place in Pretoria, South Africa last Friday to discuss the way forward.

He said in this regard, an ad hoc expert team comprising one official each from the two countries was appointed to draft the new veterinary health certificates for cattle, sheep and goats to be exported to South Africa.

The agreed animal health measures would then be implemented with effect from 01 May 2014.

During a bilateral meeting between Namibian and South African veterinary authorities held in Pretoria in December last year, SA announced that it was in the process of harmonising its animal health import requirements for livestock (cattle, sheep and goats) from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

In that regard, South Africa tabled veterinary import permit conditions, which were to be implemented with effect from 01 May this year.

SOURCE: NAMPA