HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam urged farmers to restore pig herds at the African fever outbreak as the spread of the disease showed a slowdown, officials said on Thursday, that they would prepare for an increase in demand. expected for the Lunar New Year in January.
PHOTO FILE: Pigs are seen at a farm outside Hanoi, Vietnam 28 June, 2019. Picture taken 28 June, 2019. REUTERS / Kham / File Photo
As the disease was first discovered in February, it has expanded to 63 provinces in Vietnam, imposing more than 5 million pigs, or 18 per cent of the total pig herd, and pushing up 70% at prices. .
“Farmers' efforts to improve healthy conditions on farms have helped prevent the spread,” said Nguyen Xuan Duong, head of livestock production, with Reuters, adding to improved weather conditions.
“We encourage large-scale farms that meet hygiene requirements to expand their pig production.” T
It is important to restore pig production to meet pork demand, which is expected to be extremely closer to Lunar New Year in late January, Agriculture Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong said this week.
The outbreak has been “put first and there are signs of slowing down,” Cuong said in a statement on Wednesday, but he did not explain.
Although it is not harmful to humans, African swine fever is there for pigs, with no vaccine available.
The outbreak has risen by around 70% of live pigs prices in Vietnam since the beginning of this year to about 60,000 dong ($ 2.59) per kg, says traders.
In May, Cuong urged farmers to refrain from developing pig production and instead focused on expanding cattle and poultry production, as well as aquaculture.
Vietnam's annual output of poultry increased by 13.5% in the first nine months of this year, with beef production up by 4.2% and aquaculture production up 6.1%.
Reporting by Khanh Vu; Edited by Karishma Singh
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