Luanda, Angola, 16 Jan – The Angolan government has lifted its embargo on importing animal products from a number of Brazilian states, under the terms of a note handed in to the Brazilian embassy in Luanda.
The ban on imports of this kind began on October 27 2005, after the presence of areas of foot and mouth disease were confirmed in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, and covered live animals, genetic material and boned meats.
The Angolan government widened the ban to imports of meat on the bone from the states of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Rondonia and Acre.
In the note the Angolan Ministry of Agriculture said it considered the measures taken by Brazil to control foot and mouth disease were acceptable.
In 2006 Brazilian companies sold meat to Angola to the value of US$73 million, a year on year growth rate of 33 percent.
Figures from the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture showed that exports of animal products totaled US$8.641 million last year, or annual growth of 5.5 percent. (macauhub)