Pork shortage likely to happen in Vietnam because of ASF

The spread of African swine fever (ASF) deadly across the southern provinces in China, just 700 kilometer from Vietnam- China border is a real threat to Vietnam’s husbandry this time when farmers breed more pig to supply the market in upcoming Tet holiday ( the Lunar New Year)

Pork shortage likely to happen in Vietnam because of ASF

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has sent its dispatch to cities and provinces on the prevention of entrance of the disease. Dangerously, residual ASF virus was found in packed pork sausage and ham. Therefore, Vietnam must carefully check imported processed meat.
Farm owners take heed of updating information of AFS every day. Nguyen Quang Thuy, the owner of a farm in the southern province of Dong Nai’s Thong Nhat district in said he pours a lot of money in the 1,000 pig farm. At present, the farm is disinfected and pigs are vaccinated; notwithstanding, if ASF breaks out in Vietnam, pigs must be sold at cheap price.
Chairman of Dong Nai Pig Husbandry Association Nguyen Tri Cong said that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should have guideline of coping with the disease and issue a warning of the disease.
He fretted that if the outbreak of the disease happens in Tet holidays (the Lunar New Year) when demand of pork is buoyant, Vietnam must import pork to satisfy the demand; accordingly, Vietnam will face difficulties in testing imported products.
Likewise, managers of CP Vietnam Corporation said that all farms have been disinfected and bought quick test device of the disease. However, they are worried because farms are raising too many animals expecting the government to tighten control over the imported products.
Ho Chi Minh City authorities take initiates to prevent the disease as the People’s Committee sent its document to related departments requiring to pay attention to ASF.
While awaiting the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s guideline of hypothetical situation, the city’s Department of Animal Health petitions all relating bodies to closely keep watch on imports of pig and products into the country especially from China and buy more equipment to test the virus.

By THANH HAI - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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