April 23, 2021


China introduces regional control system to combat African swine fever


China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs issued a regional control system plan, dividing the country into five regions to prevent and control the spread of African swine fever (ASF) and other diseases in the country, Reuters reported.


The ministry's measure comes after ASF severely affected the country's northern region and some provinces.


All the five regions must timely report any disease outbreaks, evaluate risks, and propose control policies. The regions must also establish disease-free zones and limit the movement of swine in and out of their regions, except for breeding swine and piglets.


China has imposed a movement restriction on swine across regions from April 1 to control the spread of ASF.


The control system plan was piloted in six provinces south of the country. Pan Chenjun, senior analyst at Rabobank, said the trial did reduce some disease, adding that the situation in the south was a little better compared to the north.


- Reuters