Exportation of live cattle from Ngamiland to Zimbabwe has been suspended.
The suspension comes after Zimbabwe suspended all imports and the move has affected the trade of live cattle which has benefited farmers in Ngamiland whose cattle are not allowed in European market because of Foot and Mouth Disease.
A letter directed at BMC by Zimbabwe reads, “We have not been able to secure new permits because our Ministry of Agriculture is still carrying a review of this imports and impact to the local industry.”
The suspension does not state when it will be uplifted.
However in an interview with The Voice, BMC Maun Branch Manager Mothobi Mothobi said that the Zimbabwean permits expired on the 31st of January this year and has not been renewed.
He said that at the time of suspension of the trade 300 cattle were in their kraals.
“We had 300 cattle in our kraals but we managed to ask for a special permit to sell some leaving us with 64 cattle.” Mothobi said
that the remaining cattle will be returned to BMC for slaughter.
He noted that the Zimbabwean market was a better market for farmers because it demanded 500 cattle per week.
He said that though the Zimbabwean market has been suspended, they will keep on helping farmers to source for other alternatives.
Mothobi mentioned that at the time of suspension 5987 cattle from Ngamiland have been exported to Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile last week Dr Letlhogile Modisa of Department of Veterinary Services told Ngamiland farmers that the increase in measles disease has major financial and trade implications in beef trade.
Dr Modisa said that there has been an increase from 10 to 35 percent and that DVS has involved stakeholders to fight and effectively control the disease. “Farmers with more than 100 will be given vaccine to do their cattle for Anthrax and DVS do vaccination on FMD and Rabbis.”