Earlier this month, the FAO reported on the number of pigs culled in the Asian countries affected by African swine fever (ASF). At that time, they reported Vietnam culled approximately 90,000 pigs since the outbreak began in February.
However, today in Hanoi, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) held a conference to assess and review the direction and response to ASF in the country.
According to MARD (computer translated), ASF has spread to 2,296 communes, 204 districts of 29 provinces and cities, with a total of over 1.2 million pigs infected and destroyed, which accounts for for over 4 percent of the total pig herd in the country.
Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong noted that although the number of infected pigs accounts for only 4 percent, the speed of spread is very fast, along with favorable weather for disease spread.
The organization of destroying sick pigs and pigs has not been timely and not yet thorough. According to Deputy Minister Phung Duc Tien, although the Government, the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have issued many directing documents, some localities have not yet organized to destroy sick pigs and pigs within 24 hours of detection. In some cases, it is not enough to arrange pigs to destroy pigs, to let pigs die in the barn over the prescribed time, the breeders self-destroy and throw pig carcasses into the environment.
In many places, destruction techniques are not guaranteed, sick pigs are transported from livestock households to destruction sites by rudimentary means but do not have canvas / plastic for lining, covering, resulting in waste and feces. pigs, secretions, even pig blood spilled into the environment; the force of pig slaughtering has not been trained and technical guidance to minimize the spread and spread of pathogens during the destruction process; means, tools and clothes of pigs’ destroyers have not yet met the requirements of hygiene and antiseptic to kill pathogens, spread disease.
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