Russia must eliminate ASF to continue pork exports, says ministerStaff Writer | November 20, 2017
Russia needs to eliminate African swine fever (ASF), a highly contagious fever among pigs, or forget about pork exports, Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachyov said at a meeting with farmers.
Russia There is no treatment or vaccination for ASF
He said that Europe has “very strict” veterinary security rules and Russia is considering new pig farming rules and trying to adopt the Western know-hows.
“Violations (in pig management) lead to its spreading to Siberia, as far as Irkutsk,” Tkachyov said.
According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OiE), there is no published treatment or vaccination for ASF. The disease does not affect humans. ■