Pig farmers urged to act against African swine fever

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 18 Jul 2019

SEPANG: Pig farmers have been given two months to implement biosecurity measures to prevent the entry of the African swine fever (ASF) virus into Malaysia.

These include the wearing of a special uniform when entering a farm, dipping footwear in disinfectant, and disinfecting vehicles that enter and exit the farms.

ASF leads to high mortality rates in domestic pigs, with animal death possible in as short as a week. Outbreaks have been repo­r­­ted in China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea and Laos – other than Belgium and Poland. “Biosecurity in farms is the most important thing for farmers to prevent ASF,” said Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Sim Tze Tzin.

“The government will start enforcing it in two months. If the farmers carry out the necessary measures, they are unlikely to get ASF,” he said after a dialogue with pig farmers on ASF prevention here yesterday.

Department of Veterinary Ser­v­­i­ces (DVS) director-general Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin said farmers must embrace a stringent biosecurity culture for their own good.

Dr Quaza added that those who failed to comply after the deadline could see their farming licences revoked.

Sim reminded stakeholders not to take the matter lightly as ASF has proven to be very damaging. “Although ASF does not harm humans, the entire industry will suffer losses if ASF enters the country,” he said, adding that it took Spain 20 years to eliminate the virus.

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