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Meat sale banned in Bajaur after spread of cattle diseases

Meat sale banned in Bajaur after spread of cattle diseases

KHAR: Sale of meat has been banned in Bajaur Agency for the last several days following the outbreak of diseases among cattle in various parts of the region, officials told Dawn here on Tuesday.

People from various areas also said that meat shops across the agency had been closed due to unspecified reasons for the last some days.

“I am visiting the local market for the last couple of days to buy beef, but all meat shops are closed,” said Juma Khan, a resident of Khar. People of other areas in the agency also complained about the unavailability of meat.

Talking to Dawn, the residents said that meat shops in their areas had been closed for the last several days on the orders of the local

administration following the outbreak of a dangerous disease among the cattle in various areas of the agency.

When contacted, All Bajaur Meat Dealers Association president Tila Mohammad confirmed the ban on sale of meat in the region.

He said that the local administration had banned the sale of all sorts of meat after knowing that some dealers were selling infected meat in the region.

He said that the ban had been in place for over a week now.

He urged the administration to withdraw the ban and take serious action against those who were involved in selling of infected meat.

“We know that someone in our community would be responsible for selling the infected meat, but banning meat in the entire region is not a solution to the issue, as it affects jobs of hundreds of people,” he said.

He also asked the livestock department to launch a drive in the affected areas to vaccinate the cattle against the diseases.

When contacted, political agent Mohammad Yahya Akhunzada said on Tuesday that the decision was taken to protect people from contracting diseases due to infected meat.

He said that that a campaign was under way to vaccinate the cattle across the agency.

Besides, the livestock officials would also start a campaign to carry out fumigation and vaccination of cattle.

Mr Akhunzada said that sale of meat would resume soon as the vaccination campaign was in the final stage.

Meanwhile, a veterinary doctor in Khar claimed that anthrax had been detected among the cattle in some parts of the agency.

He said that anthrax was a highly infectious and fatal disease of animals which could easily spread to humans.

He said that several cattle had died and a number of others were infected with the disease for the last two weeks.

However, he said that the situation was now under control following vaccination of cattle in the region.

Published in Dawn, September 16th, 2015

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