Brazil and Argentina leading the combat against African Swine Fever in the continent

“In view of the threat of ASF, it is absolutely essential that all international agencies and national governments work together, said minister Tereza Cristina


MercoPress (Uruguay) 

November 17th 2021


Brazil and Argentina are leading the combat against African Swine Fever, ASF, in the continent. Last week Tereza Cristina, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, announced the allocation of US$ 500,000 to fight the disease in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, countries where a repeat of outbreaks have been reported.


In Argentina, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, and its food health department Senasa, introduced new measures to prevent the entry of ASF into the country. The measure allows for the necessary tools to implement the strengthening and prevention measures that already exist. It came into force on 10 November and the aim is to reduce the risk of entry, exposure and spread of ASF in both domestic and wild pigs and boars.


In Brazil the resources for the donation come from the partnership program between Brazil and the OAS, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) for the Promotion of Trilateral South-South Technical Cooperation, managed by the Brazilian Cooperation Agency.


The idea is to develop local tools such as risk assessment and laboratory analysis tools to confirm suspected cases, assist with surveillance activities, and develop educational programs to raise awareness about the disease and improve access to animal health services, especially in countries with large numbers of small-scale pig farmers...