Alternate deputy Minister of Agriculture Ljupco Nikolovski claimed that the Food and Veterinary Agency (AFV) was aware for the appearance of the "lumpy skin" disease in cattle in the region since 2015, and blames the it for not undertaking any measures.
"That is why the disease is spreading across the country, and farmers are left to handle the situation on their own," Nikolovski said Wednesday, demanding AFV to take responsibility.
According to Nikolovski, the only measure that the AFV undertook last year, was the decision for embargo of cattle, seeds, beef, products and processed beef meat and milk.
"Now when the disease is massively spreading, and new hotbeds are discovered, instead of intervention vaccination, the AFV's activities have come down to handing out flyers, manuals, and advising farmers. If the agency had undertaken activities last year, they would have prevented the economic damage to the farmers," Nikolovski said.