Ministry Addresses Ngamiland on FMD

| April 14, 2015

The Ministry of Agriculture says it remains committed to addressing kgotla meetings on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) across the Ngamiland District.

Answering a question in Parliament, acting Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Fidelis Molao, said he recently addressed kgotla meetings in Kareng, Makakung and Semboyo villages immediately after the outbreak was reported at the beginning of March.

He said the President also addressed kgotla meetings in various villages of Maun East constituency and talked about FMD as well. Mr Molao further said he also addressed a sitting of the North West District full council meeting in Maun on March 24.

He indicated that his ministry through Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) continues to look for markets for Ngamiland livestock and beef.

“Since 2011, over 12 000 live cattle have been exported to Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of Congo,” he said, adding that in 2014 24 tonnes of beef from Maun BMC was exported to Mozambique for the first time.

He admitted that marketing of cattle and beef from the area which is experiencing FMD is extremely difficult as countries generally avoid importing such.

Mr Molao said all stakeholders including farmers are called upon to cooperate in controlling FMD in Ngamiland by ensuring that all their cattle are vaccinated and their movements are controlled.

Maun East MP Mr Kostantinos Markus had asked the minister that considering the FMD situation in Ngamiland, will he appraise the Maun community by addressing kgotla meetings and whether he will find a suitable market for the large population of cattle in Ngamiland.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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