Government lifts livestock ban

Government lifts livestock ban

Restrictions imposed on foot and mouth outbreak in Chikwawa, Shire Valley Agriculture Development Division has been lifted.

Ministry of Agriculture says current surveillance of the disease indicates that there are no more new cases detected in the outbreak area.

A statement signed by secretary for agriculture, irrigation and water development Erica Maganga says it has successfully completed vaccination of cattle that were at risk.

“All livestock slaughters can resume and restriction of livestock products movement has also been removed,” reads the statement

However, as prevention to any future outbreaks, livestock farmers particularly those around Lengwe National Park are advised to ensure that cattle do not graze very close to the park to avoid mixing with buffaloes who are carriers of FMD virus and potential transmitters of the disease.

“Livestock farmers are also requested to report any suspected cases of FMD to any nearest agriculture officers,” adds the statement.

The ministry has said will continue to monitor for any future new outbreaks of FMD or any other contagious diseases of cattle and will update the public from time to time accordingly.

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