Culling of all pigs at ASF positive sites is completed
By Chae Yun-Hwan, Korea JoongAng Daily (S.Korea)
The government has completed the culling of pigs at all sites that were confirmed to be infected with African swine fever (ASF) as it ramps up containment measures to halt further spread of the disease.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Monday, the government has culled all 145,546 pigs at 13 infected sites and farms within a 3-kilometer (1.86 miles) radius.
The total number of pigs killed for ASF prevention is set to rise even more as the government has been purchasing pigs for slaughter since Friday that are unaffected by the disease but are from areas where ASF has been confirmed, such as Gimpo, Paju and Yeoncheon County in Gyeonggi.
The purchased pigs will be checked for ASF and slaughtered for meat processing. The government plans to cull the remaining unpurchased pigs, which are not suitable for meat processing, in Gimpo and Paju with the consent of farmers.
While Yeoncheon will not undergo the measures to the extent of other areas as it has only one confirmed case of the virus, the government still plans to purchase 34,000 pigs from that area.
The disease has so far been contained in the three areas and Ganghwa County, where all farmed pigs have already been culled. All four areas are north of the capital near the border with North Korea.
The latest containment plan, however, faces resistance from pig farmers and organizations.
The Gyeonggi branch of the Korea Pork Producers Association opposed the government plan in a statement last week, asking for compensation...