A buffalo that strayed into the Southern district of Botswana has put the whole beef industry into jeopardy with fears that it could have brought Food and Mouth to the district. In response the Ministry of Agriculture has after seeing to the killing of the animal banned all movement of cloven hoofed animals in the district and the immediate ones. The buffalo was killed on Monday night. The Ministry also announced that beef export to European Union and other trading partners is suspended with immediate effect until further notice, effectively meaning that the loss making Botswana Meat Commission should brace for difficult economic times ahead.
Below is the full statement from the Veterinary Services department:
Department of Veterinary Services wishes to inform the farming community and the general public of the buffalo incursion at Moreane crush of Letlhakane East extension area in Southern district. In view of this situation, the department has taken a decision to institute movement stand still as follows:
• Movement of cloven hoofed animals and their products is not allowed into, out of and within zone 11 (Southern, Kgatleng, South East, Kweneng districts).
• Slaughter of cloven hoofed animals at all slaughter facilities in zone 11 is suspended with immediate effect.
• Beef export to European Union and other trading partners is suspended with immediate effect until further notice.
• Movement of cloven hoofed animals and their products remains unchanged in other zones.
The farming community and general public will be informed of any further developments, and all are urged to take safety precautions because these are dangerous animals but they should be reported to the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) or the Police immediately. For further clarification farmers and the general public may contact the nearest veterinary office.