17 January 2019
The suspension of South Africa’s foot-and-mouth-free status has sent shock waves through the agricultural industry. This means that the country can no longer export meat and other livestock products for an indefinite period of time, which poses major economic challenges and can lead to job losses.
South Africa lost its status after the disease was observed in cattle in Limpopo in January 2019. The government acknowledged on 7 January 2019 that foot-and-mouth disease was found in animals in Vhembe.
The impact of foot-and-mouth disease is one of the topics that the agricultural economist Prof Johan Willemse will address on 1 February 2019 at a workshop on agricultural market prospects in Bloemfontein. Willemse will also focus on price and crop prospects at his first quarterly workshop of 2019 at the Biker’s Church. Members of the Red Meat Producers' Organization (RPO) will also be present and James Faber, First Vice Chairman of the RPO, is a guest speaker.