Zimbabwe has suspended imports of livestock and meat from South Africa for the second time this 12 months after an outbreak of foot and mouth within the north of its neighbouring nation.
In an announcement on Friday, the agriculture ministry known as the transfer “a precautionary measure designed to forestall the unfold of the an infection into Zimbabwe”.
In January, Zimbabwe joined Botswana and the Kingdom of eSwatini, previously Swaziland, in suspending meat imports from South Africa whereas following the outbreak of the extremely contagious foot and mouth illness.
Foot and mouth illness doesn’t have an effect on people however poses a menace to cattle, goats and sheep.
The agriculture ministry mentioned it had been notified by South African veterinary providers that the most recent outbreak had been recognized at a farm in Limpopo province, near the border with Zimbabwe.
Importation of reside cattle, goats, sheep and pigs and associated merchandise had been suspended as authorities search to establish the virus pressure and extent of the outbreak, the ministry mentioned.
Zimbabwe imports livestock from South Africa for breeding in addition to meat merchandise.