Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak improves, South African government lifts ban on beef cattle transportation
On September 1, local time in South Africa, the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development of the country announced at a regular press conference that the South African government will officially lift the ban on the transportation of beef cattle in individual areas from September 6 to reduce the impact on South African agriculture. and overall economic impact.
In August this year, foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks occurred in South African provinces including Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Free State. In order to prevent the rapid spread of the epidemic, the South African government implemented a ban on the transportation of beef cattle in individual regions that month. However, this move had a huge impact on South Africa's livestock and meat industries. Beef cattle and their export industries, which are an important part of South Africa's agriculture and even the overall economy, have been hit hard.
At a regular press conference on the same day, Serage, a spokesman for the South African Ministry of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, said that with the improvement of the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic, it was decided to start from September 6 to lift the previously promulgated items. ban.
Serage reported that after the outbreak, 130 cases of foot-and-mouth disease have been reported nationwide in South Africa. However, with the promulgation of the relevant ban, the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic in the country was effectively brought under control. After nearly a month of strict monitoring, the South African government finally decided to lift the ban.
Serage pointed out that with the improvement of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in South Africa, the South African government is currently aiming to accelerate the pace of economic recovery.