MoA awaits WOAH greenlight following FMD outbreak


FRANCISTOWN: The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) is waiting for a response from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) regarding restocking livestock in Zone 6b after the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in August 2022.

FMD is a severe and highly contagious viral disease impacting livestock significantly, as per WOAH.

The disease affects cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and other cloven-hoofed ruminants. FMD was only detected in the villages north of Bisoli Ranch, namely Jackalas 1, Ramokgwebana, Tsamaya, Tshesebe, Butale, Senyawe, Siviya, and Mabuzane. Other villages within the zone include Matsiloje and Matshelagabedi extension areas, but cattle in these villages were found to be FMD-free.

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