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SADC Cross Border Traders Association happy with government’s decision to control the movement of livestock

Written by on August 13, 2019

ZANIS – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Cross Border Traders Association says the Zambian government’s decision to control the movement of livestock has helped in stabilizing the livestock trade in the country.

Association Chairperson Jacob Makambwe has since called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders in the livestock trade to help eradicate the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) that has broken out in some parts of the country.

Mr Makambwe cited livestock farmers and traders as some of the key partners that need to adhere to measures of restricting the movement of livestock in order stop the spread of the disease and protect the livestock population from being wiped out.

He observed that if the disease is not controlled, it will negatively affect the livestock trade in the SADC region due to Zambia’s strategic position of being one of the main goat suppliers hence the need to supplement the efforts that government is putting in place to address the problem.

Mr Makambwe noted that the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries should further intensify surveillance and restriction on the movement of livestock within and out the country.

He stated that by adhering to such measures Zambia is poised to become the main livestock supplier in the SADC region and also benefit from the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

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