African swine fever spreads rapidly in Papua New GuineaChristian Fernsby ▼ | April 24, 2020
African Swine Fever (ASF) has spread rapidly throughout Papua New Guinea (PNG) after being officially recorded in the country late last month.
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The disease, not affecting humans but deadly in pigs, has been causing severe disruptions for the pork industries in some Asian countries in the past months.
PNG's National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) banned the export of pigs and pork products from the three affected provinces, and local farmers are calling for more action on the issue.
"We lost about 10-20 pigs a day in each village since the disease was first discovered," local pig farmer Jill Jackson told the Post Courier.
"We need relevant authorities like NAQIA and others to conduct more awareness on this issue thus and on how and what they can do to help counter the spread of this African swine fever."
Pigs are a valuable commodity, particularly in PNG's highland provinces, and the coinciding with new coronavirus cases creates additional problems for the communities. ■