July 8, 2020
Indonesia's agriculture ministry attempts to make vaccines for ASF
Indonesia's Ministry of Agriculture is working to create vaccines for African swine fever, according to a Tempo report.
Research is being conducted by the R&D Agency and the Husbandry and Animal Head Agency, said the ministry's veterinary agency head Indi Dharmayanti.
"The ASF vaccine is difficult to develop, but we are already getting there," said Dharmayanti in a hearing with the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission IV on July 7.
The research process was still ongoing and Indi claimed they were entering the finding phase. She asserted that the study was in line with the main tasks and functions of the ministry.
The DPR Commission IV head Sudin said it would be better for the ministry to develop the vaccine for ASF, rather than developing the novel coronavirus antiviral products made from eucalyptus.
Sudin added that, although many Indonesians don't consume pork, those living in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) favored the meat.