In this file:
· Spread of African swine fever in Bulgaria 'worrying': EU Commission
· Bulgaria fails to halt spread of African swine fever
· SHIC updates global swine disease situation
Spread of African swine fever in Bulgaria 'worrying': EU Commission
August 08, 2019
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The spread of African swine fever in Bulgaria, which threatens the Balkan country's pig breeding industry is worrying, an EU Commission spokeswoman said on Thursday.
One of the European Union's poorest states, Bulgaria has reported more than 30 outbreaks of the disease - which is incurable in pigs but harmless to humans - at industrial or backyard farms. Around 130,000 pigs have already been culled.
Bulgaria's deputy agriculture minister said on Wednesday that the country has failed to contain the spread of African swine fever, while experts say Bulgaria could lose its entire 600,000 pig breeding industry.
The situation "is very worrying," EU Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen told a media briefing, urging action against what she called a "catastrophic animal disease."
Industry officials in Bulgaria fear the outbreak could cause damages of up to 2 billion levs ($1.15 billion).
An outbreak of African swine fever in China is forecast by experts to wipe out about a third of Chinese pork production this year, or 18 million tonnes, twice the amount of pork exported worldwide every year...
Bulgaria fails to halt spread of African swine fever
Aug 08, 2019 -
Reuters, SOFIA -- Bulgaria has failed to contain the spread of African swine fever, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Yanko Ivanov said yesterday, amid concerns that the Black Sea nation could lose its entire 600,000 pig breeding industry.
Bulgaria has so far detected more than 30 outbreaks of the disease at industrial or backyard farms, and about 130,000 pigs have already been culled.
Experts say that the nation could lose its entire pig breeding industry and have its 600,000 pigs culled, while industry officials fear it could cause damages of up to 2 billion levs (US$1.14 billion).
An outbreak of African swine fever in China is forecast to wipe out about one-third of Chinese pork production this year, or 18 million tonnes, twice the amount of pork exported worldwide every year.
There have also been outbreaks in Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia, North Korea and Laos, and it has already spread across parts of central and eastern Europe.
Last month Sofia announced measures to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease and protect the pig-breeding industry in Bulgaria, where almost every household in rural areas keeps home-raised pigs.
However, Ivanov said that the government has failed to prevent the spread of the virus, which has already hit more than a dozen districts.
“What we failed to do was reduce the population of wild boar, which, unfortunately, has a fairly dense concentration in the areas with industrial farms,” Ivanov said.
The Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food last month said that forestry enterprises would pay 150 levs for each wild boar killed as the authorities were aiming to reduce significantly the population density in 20km zones around the outbreaks.
“We have also failed with the private backyard farms, which also, in many places, are without any security measures,” Ivanov added.
Last week, 20km sanitary zones around all registered industrial pig farms were set up, with authorities ordering the culling of home-raised pigs in these zones.
However, protests were held...
SHIC updates global swine disease situation
Bulgaria and Poland struggling with African swine fever, while virus persists in China and Southeast Asia.
Tim Lundeen, Feedstuffs
Aug 07, 2019
The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) has released its August global swine disease monitoring report, compiled in cooperation with the University of Minnesota.
The current report details the African swine fever (ASF) situation in Bulgaria, which has declared a state of emergency after 130,000 pigs were culled in two weeks due to detection of the disease on six industrial farms in the country, SHIC said.
The report also describes the situation in Poland, where 33 ASF outbreaks on pig farms were confirmed this year by the end of July. The report notes that...