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· Localities take measures to prevent African swine fever
· HCMC steps up goods storage in case of ASF outbreaks
· China reports new African swine fever outbreak in Guangxi region
Localities take measures to prevent African swine fever
March 6, 2019
Hanoi (VNA) – Localities throughout the country have been active in taking concrete measures to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF).
The northern province of Lao Cai convened an urgent meeting on March 6 to direct the implementation of prevention measures.
Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Duong requested relevant forces to strictly control the entry of pigs and pork products into the province through border routes, highways, and river passages.
He assigned the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Industry and Trade, Department of Health, and Sub-department of Market Management to set up inspection teams across nine cities and districts, as well as instructed livestock households to disinfect their breeding facilities.
The southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has built an ASF prevention plan, focusing on supervision over trade and transport of pigs and pork products.
The southern province of Ben Tre and the northern province of Nam Dinh have set up inspection stations to control the import of pigs and pork products from other provinces.
Meanwhile, the central province of Ha Tinh...
HCMC steps up goods storage in case of ASF outbreaks
The HCMC government is stepping up a goods storage plan to meet demand in case African swine fever (ASF) hits the city, even though no outbreaks have been reported in the city so far, heard a meeting held today, March 5.
Speaking at the meeting on HCMC’s socio-economic performance in February, Pham Thanh Kien, director of the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade, said that though the disease has yet to be detected in the city, the municipal department is in the process of working with firms to stock up on meat.
In particular, Vissan, Saigon Agriculture Corporation and CP Vietnam Livestock JSC, the city’s main meat suppliers, will join the storage plan. If the domestic goods supply is deficient, these firms would import pork and pork products from the countries that are free from the disease.
In addition, Nguyen Phuoc Trung, director of the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that after inspections into multiple slaughterhouses in HCMC, no pigs were found to have been transported from northern Vietnam to the city.
The department asked the slaughterhouses to not import pigs from the northern provinces but to boost the consumption of pigs farmed in the southeastern provinces, indicating that the pork supply for customers is still guaranteed.
Trung, however, voiced concern over the possibility of pigs continuing to be transported from the north to the south, stating that it is necessary to tighten control over transport, especially when the price of pigs in northern Vietnam falls.
Addressing the meeting, Pham Khanh Phong Lan, head of the HCMC Food Safety Management Board, said that ASF is not dangerous to humans but hurts pigs, and that when these pigs die, farmers fearing losses still sell them for consumption, risking the appearance of other diseases.
Lan also warned against using leftovers from eateries to feed pigs, as it carries the threat of ASF infection.
The city has yet to be hit by ASF, but some cases of foot and mouth disease have been detected in HCMC, Lan said. As a result, control over swine transport from other provinces should be tightened.
China reports new African swine fever outbreak in Guangxi region
Reporting by Hallie Gu and Tom Daly; editing by Christian Schmollinger, Reuters
via WHTC (MI) - March 07, 2019
BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in the Guangxi Autonomous Region, in the country's south, as the highly contagious disease spreads through the world's largest hog herd.
The outbreak in the city of Guigang killed 20 animals on a farm of 3,172 pigs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement on its website.
China has reported 111 outbreaks of the disease in 28 of its provinces...