Strict inspections have been conducted to prevent
the spread of African swine fever
The localities that have been reported to be
infected with African swine fever in Trang Bom district in the past months are
Binh Minh, Doi 61, Bac Son, Quang Tien, Song Trau, Giang Dien, and Ho Nai 3
communes and Trang Bom town with a total number of more than 7,560 culled pigs
in 39 households and more than 4,285 kg of infected pigs.
In recent years, Trang Bom has mobilized concerned
forces to deal with local outbreaks. In particular, the veterinary agency of
Region 6, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of
Livestock and Veterinary, and Chairman of People’s Committee of Trang Bom
district have directly dealt with outbreaks. Also, Trang Bom’s police, livestock
stations and veterinary and Center for Public Infrastructure; and the veterinary
agency, police, militia and self-defense forces of communes have coordinated to
destroy pigs by digging burial holes within the livestock area, spreading lime
powder, canvas lining and killing pigs with electricity and then putting them
into holes, covering holes with canvas, lime powder, installing ventilation
pipes, filling holes, and putting up “notice” signs; and to disinfect all the
people and means that are involved in the pig culling process.
Also, Trang Bom has established temporary animal
quarantine points in communes to control the animals and animal products that
are transported through the district; temporarily suspended the control over the
slaughtering of pigs and over pig products towards the slaughterhouses in
communes where outbreaks are detected until outbreaks are over; strengthened the
inspection of the district’s slaughtering and trading of animal products with a
focus in the communes where outbreaks have been detected.
In addition, the People’s Committees of communes and
towns are asked to carry out the tasks of disinfecting the district with
antiseptic chemicals and lime powder; enhance the supervision of the epidemic
development in local pig herds to report to the district; instruct localities
how to prepare documents to assist the households with the pigs that are forced
to be culled.
In recent years, Trang Bom has helped with its
households with pigs infected with African swine fever with an amount worth over
VND1,237 million. During the epidemic period, since African swine fever was
announced, the local consumption of pork has become relatively slow and hog
prices have greatly declined compared to the time before the outbreak. In order
to timely take measures to direct the prevention of African swine fever Trang
Bom district’s People’s Committee has issued a lot of guidance documents as well
as developed and gone ahead with the plans on how to prevent and control African
swine fever on cattle and poultry and on how to prevent African swine fever in
the locality in 2019; issue a decision on the establishment of temporary animal
quarantine points during the outbreak period.
Also, Trang Bom People’s Committee has assigned the
district’s members in charge of communes and towns to regularly monitor, check,
and grasp the epidemic development to timely deal with and propose to the
Vietnam Fatherland Front Committees and socio-political unions at district to
communal levels to make plans to join hands in disseminating propaganda
information on how to raise the public awareness of African swine fever.
Trang has also actively promoted the dissemination
of propaganda information through leaflets, posters as well as local newspapers
and radio stations; organized training sessions to disseminate propaganda
information on how to prevent and control and deal with the outbreaks and get
ready to respond to epidemics to officials, market management boards and farm
owners; conduct mobile propaganda sessions in the communes where African swine
fever has been detected to help improve the public awareness of how to prevent
and control and respond to the epidemic.
Slaughtering activities in localities where African
swine fever has been detected are suspended
To conduct the disinfection process, the People’s
Committee of Trang Bom district received more than 7,000 liters of disinfectant
from the Department of Livestock and Veterinary and allocated it to communes and
towns to immediately disinfect breeding areas.
However, according to the report by Trang Bom
district the prevention of African swine fever in the province has still been
faced up with a lot of difficulties due to the authorities’ embarrassment of
having to cull a large number of pigs and the tasks of tracing the origins of
the disease and the number of pigs sold out from farms. Also, there are still
some areas where illegal pig slaughtering has appeared.
Duy Minh (Thao Lam)