South Africa: North West Agriculture as well as Rural Development On Provincial Foot as well as Mouth Disease Control Measures

Limpopo province diagnosed a Foot as well as Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak in Molemole Local Municipality on 1 November 2019. of which outbreak occurred from the free FMD zone of the country. The outbreak was recognised as well as confirmed in eight (8) sites which include feedlots, abattoirs, as well as speculators as well as on farms.

FMD will be a highly contagious viral disease of which affects all cloven hoofed animals of domestic as well as wild origin. the item presents with sores from the mouth as well as in between the digits causing them to be depressed, reluctant to eat as well as be lame. The disease does not affect humans as well as meat via such animals will be safe to eat when the item has been treated in prescribed manner.

The previous outbreak of which happened in Vhembe in Limpopo in January costed the export status of the country as well as resulted in a series of negotiations with South Africa’s trading partners to re-establish trade with the country.

A team via the industry as well as the National Department of Agriculture, Land Reform as well as Rural Development met as well as crafted a national strategy for control of the disease. the item was realized of which congregation of animals contributes greatly to the risk of spreading the disease. For of which reason the National Director of Animal Health issued a media statement after consultation with the livestock industry on the 14th November suspending all live auctions from the Northern provinces which includes Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng as well as North West with immediate effect. Minister Thoko Didiza of Agriculture, Rural Development as well as Land Reform will be supposed to gazette the suspension in due course. The message was however communicated to all stakeholders of the industry even ahead of the gazette exercise.