Limiting pigs supply due to swine fever virus

THE Agricultural Quarantine Agency has limited the local supply of pigs following a finding of the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in Batam.

Pig exports to Singapore from Batam are temporarily suspended. Office head Aris Hadiyono said the limitation was intended to control the spread of the ASF virus, even though it is not contagious to humans.

“We are currently limiting the supply of pigs for local needs,” Aris told The Jakarta Post on Monday, without providing further details of the restriction.

Earlier this month, the World Organisation for Animal Health reported that the Indonesian veterinary authority had notified the organisation of an ASF incident on a pig farm on Bulan Island in Batam.

The ASF’s finding was first detected in a batch of livestock from the island by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) in April.

The SFA later announced the suspension of live pig imports from Bulan Island on April 20, which went into effect on April 23. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

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