Pig production may disappear due to ASF in Poland

Submitted by bashun on Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:55

Polish scientists predict the spread of the African swine fever virus throughout the state.

If this happens, the losses could reach 4 billion euros.

The Supreme Control Chamber criticized the government's ways to combat ASF. So according to estimates only 6% of farms can fulfill the requirements of state bodies and introduce antiepizootic measures on the farm. After all, the cost of their implementation is 30 thousand zlotys, this is more than 7 thousand euros. For small farms, such costs are unrealistic.

Scientists also warn that a non-serious attitude towards the prevention of disease can lead to the destruction of pig production. As an example, lead Spain, where the ACS fought for 30 years.

"Taking into account that for the period of 2.5 years all of this is being done in Poland; it seems that we are moving towards the Spanish scenario. At first, the illness will cover the whole country, and then we will see the consequences of this and start to take the matter seriously, " says Professor Peisak from the State Veterinary Institute.

According to the professor, the main mistake that the government allows is to introduce biosafety measures only where the disease has already occurred, while one must think about biosafety in the whole of Poland.


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