Zimbabwe has banned imports of animal products from South Africa with immediate effect due to the outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in parts of South Africa, said the Ministry of Agriculture.
The ministry said Zimbabwe was working closely with the South African government to implement measures to control the spread of the virus.
Economist Eric Bloch told South Africa’s Eyewitness News that the ban would not have a major effect on local meat processors, but that it may benefit local poultry producers.
The Zimbabwe Poultry Association has been lobbying for a 3-month ban on frozen chickens from South Africa.
Producers said they could not compete with the low price of imported South African chickens and had 1,400 tonnes of meat that they could not get rid of.
Source: Eyewitness News