Slaughterhouses get disinfectant spraying machines to fight ASF
Khorn Savi, The Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)
11 August 2019
The General Department of Animal Health and Production and the Cambodia Livestock Raisers Association (CLRA) on Sunday distributed 10 spraying machines and 155 litres of disinfectant to 10 slaughterhouses to combat African swine fever (ASF).
CLRA president Srun Pov told The Post on Sunday that the spraying machines, which were made by CLRA members, cost $350 each.
He said the machines were distributed to nine slaughterhouses in Phnom Penh and one in Kandal province, to prevent ASF from spreading further.
The first step, Pov said, was for the association to distribute the machines to slaughterhouses with the largest number of pigs. Other slaughterhouses in Phnom Penh may also receive spraying machines in the future.
“There are 17 or 18 registered slaughterhouses in Phnom Penh and the machines are easy to operate. Each one cost $350, including the motors, hoses and pushing trolleys,” he said.
ASF was first detected in Ratanakkiri province on March 22 and has spread to Tbong Khmum, Svay Rieng, Prey Veng and Kandal provinces. Thousands of pigs have died or had been culled.
Even though humans are not susceptible to the disease, the outbreak has made large numbers of people reluctant to eat pork and has resulted in a sharp decline in pork supply over the last month, putting pig farmers at risk of losing their livelihoods...