The transportation and commercialization of pigs and their by-products in the West region of Cameroon, have been reinstated after a ban that lasted for over two months.
A communique announcing a lift of the suspension was signed by the Governor of the West region Awah Fonka Augustine, on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. An excerpt of the document reads:
“Article 1: The measures prohibiting the circulation, transportation and commercialization of pigs and their subproducts are from the date of signature of this communique, lifted all over the territory in the West region.
“Article 2: Sanitary police operations are maintained all over the West region.
“Article 4: The movement of pigs and their subproducts from farms considered not to have been affected by the swine flu, by the National Veterinary Laboratory (LANAVET):
- From one Division to another within the West region are subjected to the obtention of a certificate or veterinary sanitary permit, and a certificate for the disinfection of the vehicle signed by the Divisional Delegate of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries in charge.
- From the West region to another region, are subjected to the obtention of a special transport authorization, a certificate or veterinary sanitary permit signed by the Regional Delegate of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries of the West region. Certificates of disinfection to be attached as well.
“Article 5: The collection of pigs and their subproducts by the same vehicle from farm to farm are prohibited”.
Authorities in the West had announced restrictions on 16 July, after an outbreak of the swine flu in the region. The recent lift of the ban comes as a relief to persons rearing pigs in the area, however, there are some guidelines which they will have to follow in order to prevent another outbreak.