HUIDIGE SITUASIE VIR BEK-EN-KLOUSEER
Boodskap aan produsente
Voor die onderstaande mediavrystelling deur DAFF en na aanleiding van inligting deur Cape Wools SA (CWSA) rakende die bek-en-klouseersituasie in Suid-Afrika, het die nasionale voorsitter, Guillau du Toit, die volgende boodskap aan produsente oorgedra:
ii) Extract from March disease report
According to the March disease report as released by the Ruminant Veterinary Association of SA (RuVASA), the most important news regarding the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) spill-over in the Vembe district of the Limpopo province is the following:
There have been no new cases of FMD detected in the disease-management area declared in Limpopo in the past ten weeks and hence three incubation periods have lapsed. Intensive surveillance demonstrated that the virus has not spread and that the outbreak has been contained.
iii) Joint media statement by DAFF and the livestock industry
On 18 April, it has been 14 weeks since the first case of the FMD outbreak in the high-surveillance area of South Africa’s FMD-free zone was detected. South Africa lost itsFMD-free status, as recognised by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on 7 January 2019.
Status of the outbreak
There have been no new cases of FMD detected in the disease-management area declared in Limpopo in the past ten weeks and hence, three incubation periods have lapsed. Intensive surveillance demonstrated that the virus has not spread and that the outbreak has been contained.
Foot-and-mouth disease-free zone status
Strict movement controls remain in place in the disease-management area and everyone is encouraged to adhere to these regulations even though roadblocks will most likely be discontinued by the end of April 2019.
No animals may move into, out of, through or inside the disease-management area without state veterinary approval. No unprocessed animal products of cloven-hooved animals are allowed out of the disease-management area without the necessary state veterinary permits. These movement controls will remain in place for the next few months, until the outbreak can be fully resolved. A full animal identification and traceability system is being put in place for all vaccinated animals in the previously free-zone part of the disease-management area.
The submission to the OIE Technical Committee for a containment zone is being prepared. Although there are challenges beyond our control, we plan to still submit, albeit later than anticipated.
Opening countries for export
Trade has resumed for commodities considered safe by the OIE. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has successfully negotiated the revision of veterinary health certificates for beef. Countries involved are Bahrain, Lesotho, Mozambique, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Swaziland, Seychelles, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. This includes certificates for game exported to Namibia (venison produced before 5 December 2019).
Trade in pork from FMD-free pig compartments has been reopened to Lesotho, Seychelles, Mozambique, Swaziland – and partially to Namibia.
The markets for dairy products have largely been restored, while the market for the export of wool to Egypt has been opened. The trade task team is working hard to open trade channels for the commodities that are still not trading freely, which include wool, mohair, and hides (for leather production).
Negotiations still underway include Namibia (for beef), Botswana (for pork), Egypt (for hides and skin) and Malaysia (for hides, skin and wool).
The department thanks all farmers, industries, other government institutions and colleagues that are working with Veterinary Services to resolve the current situation. More funding is required for this and to implement a more sustainable FMD control strategy.
Bron: NWKV E Nuusbrief, Mei (www.nwga.co.za )