Malawi government has with immediate effect banned importation of meat and other meat products from South Africa.
This follows confirmed reports of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) that has hit South Africa and other neighbouring countries.
“FMD is highly contagious viral disease that mostly affects cattle and has significant negative socio-economic consequences if not timely controlled,” said a a statement dated January 25, 2019, issued by Principal Secretray in the Ministry of Agriculture, Grey Nyandule Phiri.
Nyandule Phiri said government is currently in regular consultation with veterinary authorities within the region and will continue to update the public as well as other stakeholders.
Director of animal health and livestock development at the ministry, Patrick Chikungwa said the ban extends to in-transit movement of all cloven-hooved animals that include cattle, goats, sheep, and pigs, among others.
Government said it has done so in order to protect the health of its citizens and also to protect the country’s herd in conformity with the Control and Animal Diseases Act (Cap 66:22) and the World Animal Health Organisation.
“The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development is in regular consultation with veterinary authorities within the region and shall continue to update the public and specific stakeholders on any changes in the status from time to time.,” said the statement.
Malawi authorities at the border posts are alert and checking for the illegal importation of livestock and meat products.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :