Botswana

Botswana suspends animal and fresh products from South Africa

The government of Botswana has stopped the import of cloven-hoofed animals and their fresh produce from South Africa. This came in the wake of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the neighboring country.

The Ministry of Agriculture made the announcement and said the move was aimed at protecting the country’s livestock industry. Live animals and their fresh products, as well as Felt grass and beds, and contaminated products and compounds from South Africa were included in the ban list.

foot and mouth disease

Foot and mouth disease does not infect humans, but it poses a threat to cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, goats and sheep. The disease (FMD) is predominantly endemic to the African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) in Kruger National Park (KNP) and surrounding game parks in South Africa.

The disease, which causes lesions and lameness in infected animals, was discovered in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, last week after local veterinary officials noticed suspicious pests on livestock. The country said it was investigating the extent of the outbreak.

Botswana is one of the largest exporters of beef to the European Union, but has often suspended sales in the past due to disease outbreaks from its neighboring countries. Beef exports reached $61 million in 2019, according to data from the Central Bank of Botswana.

The disease, which causes lesions and lameness in infected animals, was discovered in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, last week after local veterinary officials noticed suspicious pests on livestock.

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