Ban on livestock trading lifted

Government has lifted its ban on the trading and auctioning of livestock. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Government has lifted its ban on the trading and auctioning of livestock.

It comes after foot-and-mouth disease was detected in Limpopo last year, which led to the implementation of the ban on 4 December 2019.

But the Agriculture Department's fight against the disease isn't over just yet.

READ: Over 15, 000 cattle affected by foot-and-mouth disease

Government says it will put stringent measures in place to fight the disease.

Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza says the Animal Disease Act will also be amended to strengthen laws governing such issues.

Among government's legal priorities is ensuring farmers obtain a vaccination certificate when trading in livestock. 

READ: eSwatini suspends SA animal imports after foot and mouth outbreak

Traders will also have to travel with permits to indicate where animals come from.  

Government will reveal later how much the latest outbreak cost the economy. 

Around 40 percent of South Africa's agriculture sector is made up of emerging farmers. 

Government has pledged its support for all farmers while the country eradicates the outbreak.

Source
eNCA