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The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, has appointed a ministerial task team for animal biosecurity. The task team will place special emphasis on foot-and-mouth-disease (FMD), African swine fever (ASF) and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPIA).

The purpose of this task team is to provide recommendations on a range of key decisions whereby a collaborative initiative between government and the private sector can be established. This will be done to tackle the country’s animal biosecurity issues.

It will consider the roles of provincial government laboratories and private sector laboratories in disease monitoring, residue tests, and meat hygiene with emphasis on all stakeholders’ consideration.

The team of experts will consist of Prof Johann Kirsten, Dr Kgabi Mogajane, Dr Gideon Bruckner and Dr Shadrack Moephuli. – Press release, Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development