Sierra Leone Govt Bans Cattle from Liberia into its Border
The government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Agriculture, and Food Security (MAFS) and partners have temporarily banned the movement of cattle, goats, and sheep along the Liberia-Sierra Leone border.
The banned also prohibits the entrance of meat and meat products from Liberia into Sierra Leone.
The restriction follows confirmed reports from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in Liberia, through its field office in Lofa County on the discovery of a cluster of dead cattle in a field in Kelima Bendu Town, Foyah District.
The dead cattle (36 cows) were found Thursday, July 6, 2023, in the cow fields along the Foya- Mendekorma Highway four miles from the border with the Kailahun district.
Meanwhile, the restriction also includes the temporary closure of all livestock markets in Kailahun, Kenema, and Pujehun
The release, signed by the Acting Director of Govt Info. Services revealed that the move will enable the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and partners to step-up surveillance in slaughterhouses, for sick animals and humans with signs and symptoms of anthrax in Kailahun, Kenema, and Pujehun.