The Zimbabwean government has banned the import of live cattle, goats, sheep, and pigs from South Africa after the notification about a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Limpopo province.
According to the reports, the dangerous virus was registered on a farm in SA’s Molemole District but its strain has not been defined yet. The local authorities investigate the exact locations where it started to spread while also determining the possible origin of the disease.
A week after the first alert, Zimbabwe responded with the ban.
“In line with provisions of the Animal Health Act, CAP 19:01, the Department of Veterinary Services has suspended the importation of live cloven hoofed animals (cattle, goats, sheep and pigs) and their products from South Africa with immediate effect until a full report on the outbreak has been availed by the South African Veterinary Authorities,“ Josphat Nyika, the senior member of the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement advised.
He also assured that the trade between the two states would be normalised as soon the matter was resolved.