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The government of Niassa province has banned meat imports from Malawi, following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the neighbouring country.
The ban covers live cattle, pigs, goats and sheep, and meat and by-products.
The head of Provincial Livestock Services of Niassa, Justino Sibo, said the ban is aimed at preventing the contamination of Mozambican cattle.
At the moment, Livestock Services technicians work with the authorities of migration services and the border guard prevent animals or meat from entering Mozambique.
“And now we are resorting to domestic animals,” said Justino Sibo.who acknowledged that this measure affects the availability of meat in the markets of the region.
“It is affecting, but we do not want to bring in problems to affect the few animals we have,” he said.
The province of Niassa has more than 22 thousand cattle and more than 300 thousand goats and sheep.Source: Notícias