Morocco’s ONSSA will pay compensation to farms affected by foot and mouth (FMD) disease.
Rabar – In the midst of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease on Moroccan farms, the National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) has decided to grant financial compensation for farmers who lost their cattle to the disease, starting this month.
The amount of financial compensation may vary depending on the age and breed of the affected animals in relation to their market value.
ONSSA announced on Friday that it was conducting a vaccination campaign among susceptible animals across Morocco. So far, the disease has broken out in the provinces of Fquih Ben Saleh, Khouribga, Sidi Bennour, Tangier, and Kelaat Sraghna.
ONSSA’s veterinary services launched their January 2019 plan against the disease, vaccinating more than 500,000 cattle, 17 percent of the cattle in Morocco, ONSSA said in a statement on Friday.
FMD is an infectious and fatal viral disease that only impacts cloven-hooved animals, such as cows, goats, sheep, and pigs. Contrary to rumors, it does not affect the health of humans, as the head of ONSSA’s veterinary services, Farid El Amraoui, clarified yesterday.