THE outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the northern area has not only hit the local vendors but also affect exporting of beef to other countries.
Namibia exports its beef to South Africa, DRC, Congo, Brazil, Botswana, Angola including China and European countries.
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Calle Schlettwein said from the Kunene region to Okavango West it has been considered as one farming area as there is no fence, resulting in no restriction measures being put in place making cattle movement difficult to control.
Schlettwein indicated that Namibia can’t export red meat to its market which has affected the economy of the country deeply.
“With locals businesses such as meat suppliers and Kapana sellers they are running out of meat supplies making livelihoods difficult for them,” he said.
However, Schlettwein indicated that they are only able to declare, Kavango West and East, Oshana, Omusati, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, and Kunene regions disease-free in two or three months if no other infection is recorded.
The first Foot and Mouth Disease were recorded in Kavango East last year, with restrictions being put in place at the time in the area.
The cases then spread to Ohangwena, Oshana, and Oshikoto regions resulting in declaring large parts of the North as Disease Management areas.