May 27, 2022
Agriculture minister of Sarawak state, Malaysia says African swine fever under control
Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development in Sarawak, Malaysia, said African swine fever (ASF) is now under control in the state thanks to measures initiated since November 2020, Bernama reported.
He said the first case, detected in Buduk Bui, Limbang on July 14, 2021, was because of poor biosecurity and hygiene of the swine farms and the farmers themselves.
The minister said the Department of Veterinary Services has taken all necessary steps to avoid the spread of ASF to the Kuching, Serian, and Samarahan divisions, which account for 75% of Sarawak's commercial swine production.
Dr Rundi said imports from ASF-infected nations have been banned, as well as other measures such as surveillance, awareness programmes, improved biosecurity, pig movement restriction, and the implementation of "stamping out or culling" followed by decontamination.
He said a total of 15,028 swine were culled in the Miri, Bintulu, Sibu, Sarikei, Kapit, Mukah, Betong, and Sri Aman divisions, including 4,978 backyard reared swine and 10,050 commercially reared swine, adding that the state administration is searching for methods to help farmers affected by ASF.
He said that the best approach to prevent ASF was to modernise swine farming, which would allow Sarawak to become a major exporter of pork products.