Agriculture Department must urgently address shortage of foot and mouth disease vaccines
13 January 2022
Note to Editors: Please find attached soundbite by Noko Masipa MP.
Given the serious concerns of the agriculture sector and promises from government, the DA calls on the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) to urgently address the shortage of locally produced foot and mouth disease (FMD) vaccines and other much needed livestock vaccines for diseases like Rift Valley fever, bluetongue disease, and others.
Urgent attention must also be paid to the poor management of the Onderstepoort Biological Product (OBP) and Agricultural Research Council (ARC), which were meant to support livestock farmers, and to finish building the promised FMD vaccines facility so that these vaccines can be produced locally.
The DA has raised these concerns in the past, with little intervention from DALRRD.