Restrictions on movement of animals in Otjombinde Constituency yet to be lifted

GOBABIS: Restrictions on the movements of animals in and out of the Omaheke Region’s Otjombinde Constituency, imposed over a month ago, are yet to be lifted.

These restrictions follow reports of suspected stolen cattle, which were allegedly driven into the constituency from Botswana at an undesignated border crossing.

Otjinene State veterinarian Dr Bernard Chiwome told Nampa yesterday that the ban is still in place, and cannot be lifted as yet.

Although he would not comment on the results of the tests done on the recovered suspected stolen cattle from Botswana, Chiwome nonetheless confirmed that such tests were indeed carried out.

All livestock auctions have been suspended pending further information, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has taken other control measures to ensure that the quarantine is properly imposed.

Chiwome said the consequences of animals entering Namibia from Botswana are very severe and as such, they are monitoring the situation, and will communicate soon on the way forward regarding the control measures imposed on Otjombinde.

The Botswana district bordering Namibia has been proclaimed as an area of the high presence of foot-and-mouth disease amongst animals, and any animal crossing over into another district thus needs to initially be placed under quarantine.