Govt to lift ban on pig movement in Lusaka


Agriculture and Livestock Minister Robert Sichinga says ban on pig movement and pork process will soon be lifted following the measures being taken to contain the African Swine Fever which are yielding positive results.

Mr Sichinga statement obtained by QFM News says his ministry is working to bring the situation back to normal, and that a number of measures have since been put in place towards the lifting of the ban on the movement of Pigs and Pork products.

He says some of the measures include the completion of depopulation of affected and in contact farms by 7th January,2014,completion of dis-infection of pork processing plants and abattoirs by 31st December ,2013 and completion of dis-infection of depopulated farms by 21st February,2014.

Mr Sichinga adds that the closed processing plants that deal in both pork and beef, which have since been decontaminated and dis-infected are now allowed to process beef only.

He further states that it is anticipated that the relaxation of the ban will be effected by 14th January 2014, allowing pork products to be distributed within Lusaka province only.

The Minister adds that it is envisaged that Pork processors will be allowed to distribute pork products from Lusaka, throughout the country by 21st February.