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· ‘China finds African swine fever in pigs on truck in Sichuan province
China’s agriculture ministry said late on Tuesday a new African swine fever outbreak has been confirmed in Sichuan province, in the country’s southwest, after a truck carrying pigs was stopped on a highway…
· China Says African Swine Fever Is Under Control
But Nobody Believes Them. Here's Why
‘China finds African swine fever in pigs on truck in Sichuan province
Reporting by Tom Daly; editing by Richard Pullin, Reuters
March 12, 2019 / 8:17 PM
BEIJING, March 13 (Reuters) -
* China’s agriculture ministry said late on Tuesday a new African swine fever outbreak has been confirmed in Sichuan province, in the country’s southwest, after a truck carrying pigs was stopped on a highway.
* The truck, seized at a toll station at Linshui county in the east of Sichuan, was transporting 150 pigs from an outside location, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement on its website, without specifying where.
* Nine pigs in the truck were confirmed to have died from African swine fever, it added.
* China, home to the world’s largest hog herd, has now reported 112 outbreaks of the highly contagious disease in 28 provinces and regions since August, although the vast majority were found on farms, with one at a slaughterhouse.
* Hog prices in China…
China Says African Swine Fever Is Under Control
But Nobody Believes Them. Here's Why
By Betsy Freese, Successful Farming
Agriculture.com - 3/13/2019
I spent last week in China on a market study tour with 25 members of the Iowa Farm Bureau. The group included corn and soybean farmers, hog and beef producers, and ag business people.
It was an extraordinary trip and I have many more stories to tell you about what we saw and heard, but I wanted to start with one day that seems to capture the China experience, and why it is so hard to get accurate information from the country. Be sure to read the response from the official central government at the end.
U.S. Embassy in Beijing
It started with a visit to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (right) to meet with three officials in the Agricultural Trade Office and the Office of Agricultural Affairs. The Embassy will not permit me to quote anyone by name. We could not take any digital devises into the embassy, but everyone took notes on the meeting.
For this story, I am going to focus on the discussions about African Swine Fever (ASF).
Keep in mind that at a dinner earlier in the week, an employee with the Meat Export Federation in China (we were later asked not to identify anyone by name) talked to us about the status of ASF. “African Swine Fever is very bad. There are reported cases all across the country, but many cases are not reported. They have found the disease in sausage, in processed meat, and in dumplings. Although the government repeatedly tells consumers that it has nothing to do with health of the human, people are still concerned. Pork consumption is going down.”
Here is what we were told at the Embassy:
1. African Swine Fever is uncontrollable. It has spread from China to Vietnam and will likely soon be in Thailand, South Korea, and Japan. The situation in China is much worse than four months ago.
2. The disease is accelerating the consolidation and modernization of the pig industry in China, which is something the government wants. There is a shift to transporting pork, not pigs.
3. Millions of Chinese people own pigs and suffer in silence. At least 90% of the pigs are raised by families with small herds. Only the biggest farms have modern biosecurity. Most pigs are fed plate waste in communal paddocks.
4. The disease won’t be controlled unless a vaccine is developed.
Twitter, Google, Facebook, and many other sites are banned in China, but I was able to access them using an international plan on my phone. After our Embassy meeting I posted one tweet about ASF being out of control in China. It quickly went viral.
Next we visited a U.S.-based feed ingredient company, which I was asked in a later email not to name. There was no mention of the meeting being off the record at the time. All of us took notes during the meeting, as well as photos of their slide deck.
Here is what we learned about ASF from this company: