June 13, 2019
ASF reaches Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has become the 55th of 63 Vietnamese localities affected by African swine fever (ASF), VnExpress reported on Tuesday.
ASF was detected at a farm in the outlying District 9, HCMC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced.
More than 160 pigs at the farm had been culled and the outbreak was under control, officials said.
Vietnam is expected to import more pork in the coming months to make up for domestic shortages as African swine fever continues to spread, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
In an earlier report by The Phnom Penh Post, it cited that as HCMC is a major market for pork, it "could be seriously affected if the disease arrives."
The epidemic was expected to continue to spread to other localities. Some provinces that had eliminated the disease saw outbreaks return and the disease could still spread to large-scale breeding farms.
HCMC had earlier encouraged businesses to purchase healthy pigs and stockpile frozen pork to prepare for potential shortages.
The municipal People's Committee had been working with wholesale meat providers such as CP, Vissan, San Ha and Ba Huan to prepare large amounts of safe pork to ensure the city's daily demand of 147 tonnes can be met.