Malawi bans livestock slaughtering: Foot-and-mouth disease scare

Ministry of Agriculture officials have issued a temporary ban on livestock slaughters, insurance of livestock permits and suspended all livestock markets in and around Mthumba dip tank in the Mitole Extension Planning AREA in Chikhwawa district in the Shire Valley Agriculture Development Division.

Cow slaughter banned in the wake of foot and mouth disease scare

Cow slaughter banned in the wake of foot and mouth disease scare

The measures follows Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak in cattle there, which was confirmed on 4th September, 2015.

FMD is a highly contagious viral disease that mostly affects cattle and has very devastating socio-economic consequences if not timely controlled.

A statement signed by Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Erica Maganga says preliminary investigation conducted by Veterinary experts from the Ministry indicates that a total number of 700 cattle are at immediate risk within the affected dip tank.

It says the investigations are however still on going to establish the magnitude of spread and map the extent of the problem.

She says the measures are “in conformity with the Control and Animal Diseases Act and the World Animal Health organization guidelines.”

Maganga says the Ministry is currently “working tirelessly” to contain the disease and will continue updating the general public on the situation from time to time.

“The Ministry is therefore urging the livestock farmers and the general public to cooperate with its officials and the police during the implementation of these measures,” she says.

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George Sonani

Every1 shld b responsible


Iii mavuto to mavut,koma kweni kweni Malawi watani?


Pachiyowoyero cha kwithu nthenda iyi tikuti Kalundi. Nthenda iyi njakofwa chomene, yikunthandazgika mu mphepo. Ng’ombe zose zikumala teteteeee! Umu yayambila ku chikhwawa nthena, yithandazgikenge Malawi yose. Chenjerani wabali chomenechomene imwe mukutemwa kurya nyama ya ng’ombe zakufwa zekha! Nanga wangawa wanthu, nthenda iyi nawo yingakoma.

Walhelha Ochavo

zavutapo apa


Wandisokosera mkulinga utamva, musova.

Dennis Chibwana

Is it harmful to the people?


Time to think twice before we eat meat. Take note that there is going to be an increase in these cases with the way we have treated livestock and looked after our environment. Have a look at this short clip


ndiye ndi eid ikubwerayi zitha bwanji

Peter Nkosi

Re the first sentence – my understanding is that this ban is ONLY in the Mitole EPA, and not to the whole of Malawi. Can anyone confirm that?


Lord have mercy upon Malawi, the floods in Jan already swept away many livestocks, and dont allow this FMD to render our farmers and Malawi as a whole in Jesus name!

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