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· Bulgaria’s entire pig herd under threat from African swine fever
· Pig Farms Affected by African Swine Fever in Rousse Await BGN 1,5 Million Compensation
· ASF situations worsens in Bulgaria as 130,000 pigs culled
Bulgaria’s entire pig herd under threat from African swine fever
August 6, 2019
A state of emergency has been declared in some parts of Bulgaria amid fears that the country’s entire pig herd of about 500,000 could be at risk of African swine fever. Authorities are currently in the process of culling around 130,000 pigs to prevent the spread of the disease, while 20 kilometre sanitary zones have been set up around all registered commercial pig farms, with officials ordering the culling of home-raised pigs in these zones.
Farms in the north east of the country close to the Romanian border have been affected the most, including one with 36,000 pigs, alongside others with 28,000 and 17,000 animals.
The country’s prime minister, Boyko Borrisov, caused a diplomatic row at the weekend when he accused Romanian tourists of bringing the disease to Bulgaria and helping to spread it.
Prime Minister Borissov is reported to have said: “There are 57,000 cars crossing from Romania each day into Bulgaria. I’m sure the Romanian tourists brought the disease. They eat on the side of the road, throw the food remains that help spread the swine disease. They are walking around, eating and throwing the remains all over the place. There’s nothing we can do.”
Romania’s foreign ministry said it was “disappointed”...
Pig Farms Affected by African Swine Fever in Rousse Await BGN 1,5 Million Compensation
Novinite.com/Sofia News Agency (Bulgaria)
August 6, 2019
The three industrial pig farms in Bulgaria’s Rousse district where outbreaks of African Swine Fever were registered are awaiting 1.5 million BGN in compensation for the burial of culled animals and disinfection of the sites, reports BNT.
The amount was specified in a public procurement tender called by the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency. The contractors were selected by negotiations.
Each of the affected industrial farms will receive between 300,000 and 600,000 BGN for culling and burying the animals. Further 720,000 BGN will be given to a company from Razgrad that will deal with disinfection and decontamination of sites. Culling of pigs at Nikolovo farm was completed. The process continues at the other two.
Doctor Georgi Dyakov, the head of Rousse Regional Directorate of Food Safety, said that the culling of pigs in Brushlen farm was expected to be completed by August 6. The culling began in Golyamo Vranovo on August 3.
Because of the African Swine Fever outbreaks, measures at the Danube Bridge in Rousse had been strengthened. Sausages and meat are being confiscated from travelers...
ASF situations worsens in Bulgaria as 130,000 pigs culled
A state of emergency has been declared in areas of Bulgaria as authorities cull 130,000 pigs amid an ongoing African swine fever crisis.
by FarmingUK (UK)
6 August 2019
Thousands of pigs have been culled on large commercial farms across ten regions over the past few weeks in the Balkan nation.
This includes six on large commercial farms in the north of the country, close to the Romanian border, the UK's National Pig Association (NPA) says.
A farm with 36,000 pigs was affected, alongside others with 28,000 and 17,000 pigs and, most recently, an outbreak on a farm with just over 8,000 pigs confirmed on Friday 2 August.
Amid fears Bulgaria’s entire pig herd of about 500,000 could be at risk, at a cost of nearly £1 billion, a state of emergency has been confirmed in several districts.
In a radical move, 20km sanitary zones have been set up around all registered commercial pig farms, with officials ordering the culling of home-raised pigs in these zones.
There is also growing civil unrest, with protest rallies held in several parts of southern Bulgaria on Friday, as hundreds of pig keepers resist the orders, arguing that there have been no outbreaks in their regions.
Elsewhere in the region, Romania has seen a significant increase in the number of outbreaks in domestic pigs, with around 300 cases, mostly in backyard holdings, but including a 20,000 pig commercial farm.
Slovakia reported its first case...