More than 5,000 pigs culled in Dong Nai due to Africa Swine Fever

More than 5,000 pigs have been culled in the southern province of Dong Nai’s four districts due to Africa Swine Fever, said Huynh Thanh Vinh, the director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Dong Nai Province.

A vet sprays chemical to disinfect farms in Kien Giang Province (Photo: SGGP)

A vet sprays chemical to disinfect farms in Kien Giang Province (Photo: SGGP)

Because of the complicated development of the disease amongst swine in the province, the People’s Committee of Dong Nai yesterday launched a month to disinfect farms to prevent the disease from May 24 to June 24.
At the event, Director of Agriculture and Rural Development Huynh Thanh Vinh said the authority called for concerted effort in battling the disease by disinfecting farms to curb spreading.
Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee Vo Van Chanh said farm owner should raise other animals to balance meat market to avoid shortage of meat.
Meantime, the Department of Animal Health and Husbandry in the Mekong delta province of Kien Giang yesterday announced to destroy breeder Nguyen Sol Pha’s 33 pigs which are positive for the virulent virus. The farm is the first outbreak of Africa Swine Fever in the province.
Head of the Department Nguyen Thanh Duc said that the authority has increased control over slaughtering, transporting and quarantining the outbreak as well as enhance information of the disease amongst residents.
Simultaneously, nine quarantine stations have been established to supervise the transportation of pigs and pork.
Presently, the province has 40,000 hogs but prices of pigs are trending downward fluctuating from VND33,000 to VND37,000 ( from $1.36 to $1.58) per kilogram.
Following the outbreak of Africa Swine Fever in Kien Giang, Dong Thap Province quickly convened a meeting yesterday. Chairman of the People’s Committee in Dong Thap Nguyen Van Duong listened to the Department of Animal Health and Husbandry’s latest report that Africa Swine Fever occurred in four farms in Chien Thang Village in Tan Hong District infecting 187 pigs.
Vets have culled 49 pigs. Test results have shown that the animals are positive for the ASF virus.
Accordingly, Dong Thap Province has set up 14 quarantine stations to tighten control of transporting hogs and pork in and out the province.

By SGGP staff writers - Translated by ANH QUAN

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