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ASF prevention work continues

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
Hundreds of pigs contracted ASF in Ratanakkiri province recently. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Agriculture officials in provinces bordering Vietnam are increasing activities to prevent the import of pigs and pork products and have been conducting a campaign to spray disinfectants at all pig raising locations as they are concerned about the spread of African Swine Fever.

Prey Veng provincial agriculture department director Ouk Samnang said yesterday that experts have been campaigning to spray disinfectants at nearly 1,100 pig raising locations, and 110 slaughter locations.

“We have not yet found African Swine Fever in our province so far, but we are conerned because two provinces in Vietnam that are bordering Prey Veng have already detected this disease,” he said. “We will do our best to prevent it.”

According to Mr Samnang, after the outbreak of African Swine Fever in Vietnam in recent months, provincial authorities have cracked down on three cases of pig imports from Vietnam, including the transportation of 38 pigs on motorcycles.

“Now, traders have changed from transporting pigs by car to secretly transporting by motorbikes at night, which makes it difficult for our officers to prevent,” he noted.

Nheb Sron, director of Takeo province’s agricultural department, said that provincial officials have been divided into four groups to prevent African Swine Fever, including a campaign to spray more than 4,000 liters of antiseptics at raising locations.

He added that officials have cracked down on four cases, with a total of 50 pigs, of illegal pig imports.

“We are concerned about the spread of this disease, so our team is working hard day and night to prevent this problem,” he said.

Soy Sona, director of the Ratanakkiri provincial agriculture department, said that since the outbreak of this disease in his province in March and April, officials have sprayed hundreds of litres of disinfectants , noting that ASF has not again been detected again in the province.

“We still continue to monitor and prohibit the import of pigs to this province, especially from Vietnam,” he said.

The outbreak of African Swine Fever in Ratanakkiri’s O’Yadav and O’Chum districts led to hundreds of pigs raised by families being culled.

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