UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE IN ZIMBABWE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY SALAM ABRAM, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR AGRICULTURE AND LAND AFFAIRS

The UDM expresses its concern at the reports of an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in Zimbabwe.

The UDM calls upon the Department of Agriculture and Land Affairs to take appropriate preventative measures to contain the disease from spreading across our borders. This is especially important in the light of the numerous game reserves that we have on our borders. There are a large amount of buffalo in these game reserves and in the light that buffalo are known carriers of this disease it is vital that the Department puts in place stringent measures to prevent large scale losses from be incurred.

It is especially notable considering the current political climate that exists in that country. There have been numerous reports of animals that have been abandoned as their owners flee, leaving these animals unable to fend for themselves and thus sentenced to death. The outbreak of foot and mouth disease is yet another blow to a country that is in dire straits. Unattended animals and the near landlessness in those areas conspire for this disease to spread like wildfire.

The UDM calls upon government to treat this as a matter of urgency to protect an important local industry with high profile export contracts.

Enquiries:
Mr Salam Abram, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Agriculture and Land Affairs
082 375 8834

Cape Town
21 August 2001.