Brazil Urges Farmers to Kill All Cattle in Areas Hit by Foot and Mouth Disease

Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture, Roberto Rodrigues, said he hopes that the Brazilian states affected by hoof and mouth disease opt for the total destruction of herds that run the risk of contamination.

In a public hearing Wednesday, October 26, he explained to members of the Senate Agriculture Commission that this is a prerequisite for the country to resume normal exportation.

Several of the 45 countries that suspended purchases of Brazilian beef imposed the embargo on the entire country. Others, even before the announcement of suspected focuses (still unconfirmed by laboratory tests) in Paraná, banned meat from that state, as well as from Mato Grosso do Sul – where the first focus was identified on October 8 – and São Paulo.

Only Argentina limited the embargo exclusively to meat from the interdicted zone in Mato Grosso do Sul, covering a 25 kilometer radius and including the municipalities of Eldorado, Japorã, Itaquiraí­, Iguatemi, and Mundo Novo.

Today, the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed the appearance of another focus in Eldorado. The 24 animals on the Floresta Branca Ranch have already been put down, even though only three manifested symptoms of the disease. When infected by the hoof and mouth virus, cattle present high fever, blisters inside the mouth, intense salivation, and blisters on the feet.

Rodrigues also said that, if cattle breeders in the affected areas opt for what is referred to as sanitary butchering, which is the destruction of only the sick animals, the country will only resume normal exportation 12 months after the disease is controlled.

It is even possible, the minister pointed out, that the period of commercial restrictions will continue for 18 months, if the country fails to prove that sanitary measures were adopted.

"This definition depends to a great extent on the damages," he said. The Minister cited a study conducted recently by the ícone Brasil consulting firm, specialized in the agricultural sector, on the damages that the current focuses of hoof and mouth disease could cause the country. "The losses could amount to US$ 1 billion for beef and US$ 600 million for pork," he added.

In Rodrigues’ view, state governments must adopt a national perspective to reach the decision to demand the total destruction of herds on properties where the disease has appeared.

He acknowledged that the losses are substantial and announced the decision to indemnify producers to compensate them for their losses.

It is expected that President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will sign a Temporary Executive Order today allocating resources for indemnities and additional funds for surveillance activities in Mato Grosso do Sul.

The measure will make available a total of US$ 14 million (33 million reais): US$ 8.7 million (20 million reais) for ranchers who have to put down their animals; US$ 2.6 million (6 million reais) for small dairy producers in the affected zones; US$ 2.6 million (6 million reais) for the installation of inspection, logistics, and transportation posts; and US$ 436,000 (1 million reais) for other sanitary protection activities.

The resources may also be used on behalf of cattle breeders in Paraná, if the suspected focuses in four municipalities announced on Friday, October 21, by the state department of Agriculture are confirmed. The results of the laboratory tests should be known by Friday, October 28.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    And when will……
    …Rodriguez, Lula and whoever decided to cut the voted sanitation budget by well over 50 %….will cut into their own flesh….as once Lula said ??????

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Prowling in Rio

Those women dressed in tight clothes are now sambaing, vigorously. The whole place has ...

The Tough Questions Brazil’s Lula Refused to Answer

With an advantage in the polls that seems insurmountable, being the numbers so expressive ...

Assessing the Damage: More On the Way?

Although a definitive piece of evidence against President Fernando Henrique Cardoso has yet to ...

More than US$ 3 Million in Fines on Illegal Loggers in Brazil’s Amazon

Operation Uiraçu, carried out by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources ...

Let’s Hope Brazil’s Corruption Has Hindered Plans for a ‘Democratic Dictatorship’

The fact that the Lula da Silva administration has been reportedly involved in numerous ...

Brazil’s Second Half Program Is Cheap and Keeps Kids Off the Streets

Brazil’s Sports Minister, Agnelo Queiroz, handed out, Monday, August 22, 800 pairs of tennis ...

In Brasília Assemblymen Get Busy Trying to Prevent a Federal Intervention

The assemblymen in the Federal District Legislative Assembly (CLDF) are hard at work to ...

For Brazil’s Shoe Maker Pampili There Is No Crisis

Through work and promotion strategy of its brand, to make it strong and respected, ...

Brazil’s ‘Libertine Girl’ in the UK

The Brazilian beer Devassa ”“ Portuguese word for ‘libertine girl’”“ is being launched for ...

More Brazilian Soldiers Make Their Way to Haiti

The last group of Brazilian soldiers slated to join the 5th contingent of the ...