GIS - 26 August, 2014: The Ministry of agro-Industry and Food Security has taken a series of measures relating to the Ebola Virus Disease, the reorganisation of its Agricultural Planning and Analysis Unit, the import of livestock and the control of Varroa Mite, a pest of honey bees.
Ebola Virus Disease
A number of preventive measures are being taken by the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security in regard to the Ebola Virus Disease in Mauritius. There is no report of the Ebola virus being transmitted through plant and plant products or fruits. However, stricter control are being exercised to prevent illegal entry of plants, vegetables, fruits, meat and meat products.
Moreover, biosecurity measures at the port and the airport have been strengthened. The import of companion animals such as cats, dogs, horses, and birds. Wildlife species and products derived from Western Africa are being banned for a defined period. Sensitisation campaigns are also being conducted on transmission of the disease and biosecurity measures to be taken on livestock farms, and the proper handling, transportation and disposal of sick animals.
Reorganisation of the Agricultural Planning and Analysis Unit
The Agricultural Planning and Analysis Unit of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security will be reorganised so to operate as a specialised unit. This is being done in line with the Report of the Food and Agriculture Organisation on the Reorganisation and Strengthening of the Governance Framework of the Agricultural Services.
The new section would be responsible to assist in the sustainable development of agro-industry and food security and identify key policy issues and advise the Ministry accordingly. It will also be tasked to develop and coordinate policy proposals for improvement of programme management in the Ministry and coordinate policy research in conformity with national development policy and collation of report and economic studies of the Ministry.
Import of livestock
In line with the Food Security Strategy Plan the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security would import pregnant heifers, goats and sheep for sale to breeders. A first consignment of 57 pregnant heifers, 51 sheep and 58 goats that was imported from South Africa, has already been sold. In view of the increase in demand from breeders, a second consignment would be imported shortly.
Measures against pest of honey bees
Several measures are being taken by the Ministry to contain the Varroa Mite, a pest of honey bees. These measure are an island-wide surveillance of bee colonies; sensitisation campaigns on a regional basis; and distribution of a technical information sheet on the pest, together with preventive measures.
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