March 15, 2021
Russian government discusses ASF with industry representatives
The deputy head of Rosselkhoznadzor (Russia's federal service for veterinary and phytosanitary supervision), Konstantin Savenkov, and the service's Internal Veterinary Supervision Department have held a videoconference meeting this month with Russian industry representatives concerning the spread of African swine fever (ASF).
Tatyana Balagula, head of the Directorate for Domestic Veterinary Surveillance, informed the participants of negotiations regarding the entry into force of veterinary rules for prevention, diagnostics, quarantine and other restrictions aimed at preventing and eliminating ASF outbreaks. The measures were approved by the Russia's Ministry of Agriculture.
Industry representatives expressed their concern about the ineffective work in eliminating outbreaks of ASF last year, the lack of measures to reduce the number of wild boar and the underestimation of the economic consequences of the disease. They also noted that the main factor in ASF pathogen entry on large pig farms remains the human factor.
Tatyana Balagula noted that it was found that transporting pigs is often done without taking into account the requirements of compartmentalisation. Vehicles from other organisations are allowed to enter pig farms, which can also introduce ASF into the territory.
Participants of the discussion concluded that ASF elimination and prevention of its spread must be solved comprehensively: from strengthening biosecurity measures on pig farms to interagency cooperation at the regional and federal level.