Zimbabwe is considering lifting the suspension of livestock imports from South Africa because of the progress made by our country in dealing with the foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak.
In January this year, the Zimbabwean government had suspended the importation of live cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and livestock products from SA due to an outbreak of FMD in some parts of the Limpopo province.
This was not the first time Zimbabwe has suspended livestock imports from South Africa over such a reason. In 2011, Zimbabwe suspended import of livestock products from SA following the outbreak in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.
Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement chief director Dr Josephat Nyika has stated that the South African assessment report is likely to be a background for the lifting of the suspension.
“We are monitoring the situation and after that, we will produce a progress report which will enable us to make informed decisions,” he advised.
Zimbabwe imports livestock from South Africa for breeding purposes and meat products for consumption.