- Live animal exports to Mozambique were $745.48K in 2020.
- Zimbabwe exported dairy products worth around $1.25 million
- Exports of meat to Mozambique totalled $18,900
Due to the resurgence of foot-and-mouth disease in Zimbabwe, Mozambique's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has banned the import of animals, as well as products and by-products of animal origin.
The goal of the strategy is to keep tainted Zimbabwean livestock and products from infecting Mozambican cattle. The Mozambican government has taken this measure in response to a foot and mouth disease outbreak in Zimbabwe, which was announced in the Mashonaland Central Province's Mbire area, which borders Mozambique.
Fodder, animals, animal products, by-products from cattle, goats, pigs, sheep, and wild animals with cloven hooves from Zimbabwe have been banned with immediate effect in Mozambique. The movement of animals and targeted products along the main borders and other points of road access into Mozambique is being closely monitored by the Mozambican government, which is determined to avert an outbreak at all costs.
All Mozambican regions bordering Zimbabwe will now require a monthly visual check and examination of the oral cavity and hooves of all cattle, goats, sheep, and pigs. Foot-and-mouth disease is a dangerous and extremely contagious viral disease that inhibits animals, their products, and by-products from being commercialized. According to a statement read by the Mozambique government the importation of pasteurized dairy goods including milk, cheese, yoghurt, and cream, as well as processed meats such as canned meat and sausages, trophies, and pharmaceutical substances, is not prohibited.
If Zimbabwe fails to limit the spread of foot and mouth disease, other nations may stop trading with Zimbabwe for beef and other bi-products, which would be a severe blow to the country, which already has a trade deficit, according to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency's latest data (ZIMSTAT).
Using ZIMSTATS data, Zimbabwe imported dairy goods worth $3,655,346 from January to April 2022, accounting for 0.6 % of imports during that period. If foot and mouth disease persists, imports of dairy products might rise from 0.6% to more, since local animals will not be able to meet local demand. Live animal exports to Mozambique were $745.48K in 2020, according to Trading Economics statistics. During the same period, Zimbabwe exported dairy products worth around $1.25 million. Exports of meat totalled $18,900.Millions in potential export revenue will be foregone due to the presence of this disease.
Meanwhile, following a disease epidemic, Zimbabwe's government recently set limitations on cattle movement throughout the country.