CAPE TOWN – The South African Red Meat Industry can once again engage in cross border trade.
Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Wednesday officially announced an international banon South African red meat exports was lifted.
The ban had been in place since 2011 following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
Joemat-Pettersson says South Africa has lost R3 billion as a result of the international ban on red meat exports.
She says the turnaround follows the development of a medium to long term plan to ensure the industry maintains the status of foot and mouth disease free.
Pettersson says bio-security controls have been put in place that involves the deployment of mobile veterinary clinics across the country with a special focus on high risk areas and the country’s border.