After more than three months ban that has been set in place, due to foot-and-mouth disease, livestock is again allowed to be transferred from Miyazaki Prefecture.
The ban has been lifted and according reports, Miyazaki Gov. Hideo Higashikokubaru will issue a declaration of safety. The ban was put in place following the foot-and-mouth discovery which led to the slaughter of approximately 289,000 pigs and cows.
A total of 220,034 pigs and 68,314 cattle and cows have been culled to halt the disease from spreading to other areas, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. According to a ministry statement, it is the worst loss the nation’s livestock industry has ever sustained.
Hirata further added that Japan will call for recognition by the OIE as a country free from the disease to resume meat exports, however, this won’t happen before Oct. 6, as the OIE requires that there be no reports of disease for at least three months.