Butcheries feel FMD pinch


FRANCISTOWN: Butchery owners and local farmers are already feeling the effects of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak in the northeast region.

The FMD has been confirmed in 6b zone which is in the North East District from five clinical findings in Butale crush, says the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA). Following that, the veterinary department has since sealed off the veterinary gates both in Vukwi and Bisoli veterinary gates which cover the area where the disease was detected to prevent it from spreading.

Due to the outbreak of the disease, the region has been experiencing shortage of meat in local butcheries which has greatly affected meat pricing. Minister of Agriculture, Fidelis Molao has told The Monitor that due to the outbreak of FMD, there is suspension of animal movement across the country. The affected animals are cattle, sheep and goats.

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