Veerman maintains animal export ban

21st August 2006, Comments 0 comments

21 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman has defended the nationwide export ban he imposed last week on live cattle, sheep and goats when an outbreak of the viral disease bluetongue was detected in the south of the country.

21 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman has defended the nationwide export ban he imposed last week on live cattle, sheep and goats when an outbreak of the viral disease bluetongue was detected in the south of the country.

The decision was taken last Thursday and includes all live products from ruminants, such as sperm, egg cells or embryos.

"We have to hold on to the good reputation we have with our customers all over the world for the excellent breeding material that we have in the Netherlands", Veerman told Radio 1 Journaal on Monday.

A majority of MPs in the Lower House would like to see the ban lifted as quickly as possible. The minister said that it was of the utmost importance to first ascertain the geographical distribution of the illness, which is spread by mosquito.

So far, infected animals have only been found in southern Limburg. But the disease has also been found in Belgium, where no export ban has been imposed.

So far, infected animals have only been found in South Limburg. But the disease has also been found in Belgium, where no export ban has been imposed.

The German Agriculture Ministry also revealed on Monday that the disease has been found on several farms near Aken.

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