‘Biosecurity task team strategy must be prioritised'
Farmer's Weekly|October 15, 2021
South Africa’s agriculture sector is still waiting on announcements by the recently formed Task Team on Animal Biosecurity pertaining to a biosecurity strategy and its implementation.
Annelie Coleman

This was according to Gerhard Schutte, chairperson of the National Animal Health Forum. He said it was of the utmost importance that decisions on the strategy be executed sooner rather than later.

Speaking to Farmer’s Weekly, Schutte said that foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), African swine fever and highly pathogenic avian influenza, among other diseases, had a serious impact on agricultural production in the country.

For example, the red meat industry was currently losing up to R4 billion annually because of FMD and its impact on meat exports.

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