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Ostrich farmers urged to re-register to export

The Western Cape Agriculture Department believes the ban on ostrich meat exports will be lifted.

The Western Cape Agriculture Department believes the ban on ostrich meat exports will be lifted.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Agriculture Department believes the ban on ostrich meat exports to the European Union could be lifted in three months.

Ostrich farms have been urged to re-register to export their goods.

Government has placed a self-imposed ban on exports, following the outbreak of bird flu in Oudtshoorn last year.

The ban costs the industry an estimated R108 million every month.

The Agriculture Department's Wouter Kriel.

"At this stage the industry is clean. Once we can sort out the registration of the farms and the last protocol issues, we hope to be in a position to export soon."