Measles threatening viability of Botswana beef sector

Outbreak of measles in Botswana affecting the beef industry. Botswana remains among the top exporters of beef to other countries and the EU.

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Outbreak of measles in Botswana becoming a challenge for beef industry
Outbreak of measles in Botswana becoming a challenge for beef industry

An increase in cases of measles recorded by Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) is threatening the country’s beef market, Agriculture Minister Patrick Ralotsia said Friday.

Ralotsia is quoted by state-run Radio Botswana as saying that 13 percent of cattle slaughtered at BMC abattoirs were reported to have measles.This, he said, was a threat to the country’s beef export as cattle affected with measles would not make grade to the export market. Ralotsia pointed that the European Union, which offered a lucrative market, had strict conditions that Botswana should adhere to. He therefore warned that cases of measles could compromise that lucrative market.

“Measles is becoming a very big problem for our beef industry,” said Ralotsia.  He said measles outbreak occurs when cattle gain access to water or plants contaminated with human waste.

Ralotsia regretted that it was common throughout the country for people to dispose diapers anywhere and this contributes to the spread of measles.

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