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· African Swine Fever: Bulgaria puts price on the heads of wild pigs
· Dr. Georgi Chobanov, Food Safety: African swine fever is spreading, virus transmission among feral and domestic pigs is very dangerous
African Swine Fever: Bulgaria puts price on the heads of wild pigs
by The Sofia Globe (Bulgaria)
July 8, 2019
Bulgaria | Bulgaria will pay hunters 50 leva (about 25.56 euro) for each wild pig they shoot dead in areas where there have been outbreaks of African Swine Fever, the head of the country’s Forestry Agency, Miroslav Marinov, said on July 8.
The move is among steps, including a new information campaign, against the recent outbreak of African Swine Fever in parts of Bulgaria.
Wild pigs are among the major carriers of the infection.
Forestry Agency staff will carry out daily checks of three-kilometre zones around the outbreaks to check for dead boars.
Bulgaria’s Agriculture Ministry is launching a large-scale information campaign among people in risk areas to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever.
This was announced on July 8 by Agriculture Minister Dessislava Taneva after a meeting with regional governors from northern Bulgaria, the heads of State Forestry and of the Food Safety Agency and representatives of the Interior Ministry.
The districts where the information campaign will be carried out are Gabrovo, Lovech, Shoumen, Varna, Dobrich, Silistra, Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Rousse, Veliko Turnovo, Turgovishte and Razgrad.
Taneva said that by the end of the day, updated information material would be given to all who are raising domestic pigs in “backyard farms”.
“It is our duty to explain to them the dangers they pose, both to the areas in which they live and to themselves,” she said.
There was well-developed industrial pig farming in Bulgaria and the disease should not be allowed to affect it, Taneva said.
There are currently...
Dr. Georgi Chobanov, Food Safety: African swine fever is spreading, virus transmission among feral and domestic pigs is very dangerous
FOCUS News Agency/Focus Information Agency (Bulgaria)
9 July 2019
Dr. Georgi Chobanov, Food Safety: African swine fever is spreading, virus transmission among feral and domestic pigs is very dangerous Sofia.
African swine fever is spreading, the transmission of the virus among feral and domestic pigs is very dangerous, Dr. Georgi Chobanov, Director of Animal Health and Welfare, and Feed Control, told Focus Radio in reference to the new outbreaks of the disease.
In domestic swine, the disease can be eradicated, but in the wild population it takes longer as it is difficult to locate the infected animals, Dr. Chobanov said. He recommended several measures to the farmers.
"First, if possible, not to keep pigs for a while as the disease is now starting. From now on, it will increase in area and affected animals. If, however, they have decided to do it anyway, these pigs must be registered. This means buying them from a farm that is licenced to breed and sell this type of animals, having all necessary documents, and raising them according to the requirements,” he explained.
He further said that every animal owner must have a contract with a registered veterinarian who will supervise the animal. The law...