OPUWO: The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is busy collecting evidence to prove that the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) are free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
Consultant veterinarian Alexander Toto told Nampa at a consultative meeting held at the Otjerunda village yesterday the initiative forms part of plans to have the veterinary cordon fence or Red Line removed, and opening up the southern livestock market to the NCA farmers.
The government project, which started in June last year, is called the NCA FMD and Lung Sickness Freedom Project.
It will develop strategies and a plan to provide evidence to the national and international community of the absence of FMD and the prevention of its re-introduction into Namibia.
The Red Line is the animal health protection or control fence which divides areas south of the fence from the northern areas that are perceived to have livestock diseases.