Buffalo’s raid prompts Botswana beef export suspension

Botswana has suspended export of beef from the country’s southern district following a raid of the area by buffaloes.

The southern district is home to Botswana’s second largest beef farmer’s areas, where there are large privately owned and several government-run beef ranches.

Agriculture Minister Patrick Ralotsia announced the immediate suspension of beef export to European Union and other trading partners, saying that the buffalo incursion has prompted the department of veterinary services to also institute a movement stand.

“Movement of cloven hoofed animals and their products remains unchanged in other zones,” Ralotsia said.

Botswana continuously conducts surveillance and laboratory investigations across the country to ensure zones that are free from foot-and-mouth disease to allow easy export of beef.