Brazil can export for the first time, live cattle for breeding purposes on a large scale for Bolivia. The authorization for the entry of Brazilian cattle in the neighboring country is one of the results of the meeting between technicians of the Ministry of agriculture, livestock and food supply (Mapa) and the National Agricultural Health and Food Safety (Senasag) of Bolivia, this week in Brasilia. At the meeting, they discussed issues of bilateral interest animal health, with reflections in the trade in animals and their products.
According to the Department of Animal health of the Map, the technicians of the two countries reached an agreement at the meeting on the new certificate template zoosssanitário International (CZI), which will enable exports of bovine animals intended for breeding in Bolivia. According to the Map, this will allow more opportunity to trade between Brazilian producers and Bolivians, besides contributing to the coercion of animal smuggling in the border region between the two countries.
“The authorisation of exports of cattle to Bolivia represents the recognition by that country of the veterinary service of the excellent condition of the Brazilian herd health”, says the Director of the Department of Animal health of the Map, William Henry Fonseca Marques. “In addition, the measure will contribute to the restocking of cattle in Bolivian regions affected last year by flooding of the Beni and Mamoré, where more than 400 1000 specimens died.”
Marques reported that interested in exporting cattle to Bolivia should contact the Federal superintendencies of Agriculture of Map to take cognizance of the sanitary requirements laid down by the local authorities. That way, they can fit the requirements to have veterinary certification.
Prevention and diagnosis
At the meeting, the Map also has pledged to support the country to advance in the prevention and diagnosis of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, popularly known as the “mad cow” disease. “This is another initiative of the map that strengthens the health control of the two countries for the advancement of regional livestock, being aligned with guidelines established by the Minister Katia Abreu in the National Agricultural defence Plan,” said Mahmood.
The participants of the meeting have harmonised still understanding of some points covered in the existing health protocol related to Brazilian exports of pigs for the Bolivian market, which will be passed on to the exporters. In addition, they discussed the bilateral agenda on the procedures for preventing the reintroduction of foot-and-mouth disease, including the development of joint actions in the border.