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·         Thai officials deny swine fever outbreak after culling news

·         Thailand culls 200 pigs amid heightened fears over African swine fever

·         Thai chicken sales to China rocket as African swine fever triggers switch away from pork



Thai officials deny swine fever outbreak after culling news


By Busaba Sivasomboon,  Associated Press

via San Francisco Chronicle - Sep. 18, 2019


BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Tuesday denied rumors of an outbreak of African swine fever that spread after media reports of the culling of pigs in the country's north.


A statement by Deputy Agriculture Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said that while no outbreak has been confirmed, road checkpoints have been established to block the transport of pigs out of designated risk areas, mostly along the border with Myanmar.


Thailand bars pig imports from Myanmar, which reported its first swine fever outbreak last month. Two other neighbors of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, have also reported small outbreaks.


A report by The Nation news website said about 200 pigs in the northern province of Chiang Rai had recently been culled and tissue samples from them sent for laboratory testing.


It quoted Nopporn Mahakantha, chief of Chiang Rai's Livestock Development Office, as saying the culling...





Thailand culls 200 pigs amid heightened fears over African swine fever


By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Patpicha Tanakasempipat, Reuters

via Yahoo Finance - September 18, 2019


BANGKOK, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Thailand has culled more than 200 pigs this week, authorities said on Wednesday, in the first such action amid heightened fears of a potential outbreak of African swine fever.


Thailand has yet to report an outbreak of African swine fever among its pigs, though neighbouring Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia have all confirmed cases of the deadly disease.


Thailand's department of livestock said the culling of the pigs was a "preventative action" after two pigs died mysteriously in the northern province of Chiang Rai, about 20 km (12.43 miles) from Myanmar.


"We have killed over 200 pigs on two farms there," Nopporn Mahakanta, chief of the provincial livestock office, told Reuters, adding that the action was in line with protocols to curb outbreaks of animal diseases.


"They were within a 1 km radius of the pigs that had fallen ill and died," he said.


Nopporn said blood and tissue samples of the first pigs were sent on Monday to a lab in another northern province, Lampang, to see whether they had contracted African swine fever.


Lab results could take about 14 days, he said.


African swine fever was first detected in Asia last August in China, wiping out nearly 40% of pigs in the world's largest pork producer. It has since spread across Asia, affecting Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines.


South Korea was the latest country affected by the virus...





Thai chicken sales to China rocket as African swine fever triggers switch away from pork


* Jan-Jul poultry exports to China 33,500 T vs 4,100 T yr ago-assn

* Prices ranged from $4,000-$5,000 per tonne - assn

* Thailand regained access to Chinese poultry market in March 2018


By Chayut Setboonsarng, Reuters

Sep 18, 2019


BANGKOK, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Thai poultry exports to China have surged eight-fold this year as an outbreak of deadly African swine fever in the world’s biggest consumer of pork stokes a rush to source alternative meat supplies, a Thai industry association said on Wednesday.


The disease, nearly 100% fatal to pigs and highly contagious with no vaccine though not harmful to humans, has wiped out nearly 40% of the pig herd in China since the first outbreak in August 2018. The virus has since spread across Asia, with South Korea the latest country affected.


“We exported 33,500 tonnes (to China) in the first seven months of this year, up from 4,100 tonnes last year,” Kukrit Arepagorn, manager of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association, told Reuters.


Demand for Thai poultry could potentially grow further, even after the surge of more than 700% with prices ranging from $4,000 to $5,000 per tonne, Kukrit said: Seven factories in Thailand currently sell to China, he said, with buyers inspecting additional plants that could increase sales.


The association’s members, which include CP Foods Pcl , Betagro Pcl and privately owned Cargill as members, operate a total of 20 factories.


Though still dwarfed by the scale of China’s market, imports from suppliers including Brazil have jumped. Imports of chicken in July were 68,221 tonnes, up 39% from a year ago, according to Chinese customs data.


Kukrit noted Thailand only regained meat export access to the Chinese market in March 2018, having been barred since 2004 because of bird flu outbreaks...