By Amin Kef (Ranger)
In the wake of a reported cluster of deaths of cattle in neighbouring Liberia, the Ministry of Agriculture, and Food Security (MAFS) and partners in Sierra Leone have instituted the following preventive measures with immediate effect:
The temporary ban of movement of cattle, goats, and sheep along the Liberia Sierra Leone border coupled with prohibiting the entrance of meat and meat products from Liberia into Sierra Leone.
Restriction has also been placed on the movement of cattle, goats, and sheep from Kailahun, Kenema and Pujehun to other districts in Sierra Leone as well as a temporary ban the movement of meat and meat products from Kailahun, Kenema and Pujehun to other districts in Sierra Leone.
That beside, there is also a temporary closure of all livestock markets in Kailahun, Kenema and Pujehun as the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and partners step-up surveillance in slaughterhouses, for sick animals and humans with signs and symptoms of anthrax in Kailahun, Kenema and Pujehun.
It could be recalled that 36 cows were found dead on Thursday, July 6, 2023, in the cow fields along the Foya- Mendekorma Highway at Kelima Bendu Town four miles from the border with Kailahun district.
For further information or clarification, please contact Director of Livestock and veterinary services Division on +232 78 354828 or the Agricultural information and communication unit on +232 76 497412 or +232 76 722 772.