Govt bans slaughter of livestock over foot and mouth outbreak in Ntcheu

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By Florence Mwale

The Ministry of Agriculture has imposed several restrictions to halt further spread of the foot and mouth disease in Ntcheu district.

This follows confirmation of cases at Kulanga Section in Sharpe Valley Extension Planning Area in the district.

 

The measures that have been put in place include a temporary ban of livestock slaughter and suspension of all livestock markets.

The ministry has also restricted movement of livestock and and its  products in the district as well as a temporary ban on issuance of permits on the same. 

In a statement, Secretary for Agriculture Grey Nyandule Phiri reveals that his department has intensified sensitisations against the disease that was first reported last Friday.

Preliminary investigations conducted by veterinary officials reported seven clinical cases out of 128 cattle that was examined.

The outbreak has put under threat at least 1,000 cattle in the affected area and the immediate surrounding range.

Meanwhile, Nyandule Phiri discloses that investigations are currently on-going to establish the magnitude of the spread of the disease.

The foot and mouth disease is a highly contagious viral disease that mostly affects cattle.

Malawi has for the past couple of years had outbreaks which had devastating impacts on farmers who rely on livestock in order to generate income.

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