CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Agriculture Department on Tuesday said the European Union's ban on South African ostrich meat exports could remain in place for another year.
Government wants to enforce the EU's new set of regulations which all ostrich farmers would have to comply with before the country can export meat again.
It has been more than a year since the first ostriches tested positive for avian influenza in Oudtshoorn.
The Western Cape Agriculture Department's Wouter Kriel said, “Then other farmers will follow suite to put down the cash which they will have to do in order to restructure. It is a lot of work and we think this entire process will take more than one year to complete.”