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MBABANE (Reuters) – ESwatini from South Africa has suspended animal imports for the second time after another outbreak of foot and mouth disease, agriculture ministry said on Tuesday Tuesday.

In January, eSwatini, formerly Swaziland, joined Botswana and Zimbabwe to suspend meat imports from South Africa over an outbreak of highly infectious viral disease affecting stone-based animals – those with shared claws. such as cows, pigs and sheep.

Zimbabwe reactivated its ban last week.

The Secretary General in eSwatini's Ministry of Agriculture, Bongani Masuku, said that the government wanted to protect its citizens from the disease and that it would only take the ban when the situation was better.

South Africa's live live exports are eSwatini and 458.9 million random ($ 31 million) between January and September, according to US Statistics.

The South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries confirmed that foot and mouth disease occurred in the north Limpopo province last Wednesday, saying there was one farm in the quarantine area to prevent the spread of the disease.

Reporting at Lunga Masuku; Wrote Mfuneko Toyana; Edited by Alex Richardson

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