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Botswana shuts down beef abattoir for EU market


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Botswana shuts down beef abattoir for EU market

Prarastatal beef exporter, Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), has closed indefinitely its major abattoir for EU market pending the assessment of the buffalo incursion in Southern Botswana, APA learnt here Monday.The Minister of Agriculture Patrick Ralotsia states that a specimen has been taken to Botswana Vaccine Institute laboratories to test if the buffalo was harbouring the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). According to the minister, the results would take time as samples had to go through processes for accuracy. He advised the nationa to cooperate with authorities in fighting and lessening the possible harm that could be caused by circumstances arising from the buffalo incursion. He warned that if the situation was treated lightly, it could have precarious implications to the economy.

Source: starafrica.com