ASF: the expediency of building a Polish fence on the border with Ukraine will be determined by the EU

Submitted by bashun on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:15

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will assess the effectiveness of the construction of a fence in order to combat the spread of African swine fever (ASF). This was reported by the Minister of Agriculture and Development of the village of Poland Krzysztof Jurgiel, reports UNN referring to the "Polish Radio".

"The decision on the fence against the wild boar will be taken only after the findings of the EFSA," the Polish minister said.

He added that the Polish side had already processed the documents necessary in this case. The minister also said that the examination of the European agency would be ready in July or August of this year.

It is noted that the draft law on the construction of the fence is already ready. The cost of its construction will be about 230 million zlotys (more than 53 million euros).

It is expected that the fence will be built along the border with the Kaliningrad region, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine. Its length will be 1 thousand 200 km.

Earlier in Poland, it was howled about the intentions to build a fence on the border with Ukraine in order to combat the spread of the ASF virus, which affects pigs. The fence should limit the migration of wild boars from the territory of Ukraine, which have a high potential risk of being hit by the disease.

In Ukraine, ASF rages for the third consecutive year. Farmers and specialized livestock organizations blame the Ukrainian authorities for the ineffectiveness of measures to combat the virus.

Commenting on the decision of the Polish authorities to build a "counter-echelon" fence, People's Deputy Serhii Tryhubenko called him a verdict of the domestic State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection.

"It turns out that it is safer for Poles to spend millions of dollars to build a fence between us than to count on partnership and mutual efforts in the fight against the African plague ... As for me, such a statement by the Polish Ministry of Agriculture is simply a" verdict "handed down by our officials for inactivity,” he said.

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