August 7, 2009


African swine fever pushes Ukraine to ban pig imports from Russia


Ukraine banned import of live pigs from Russia and the South Caucasus due to the outbreak of the African swine fever, according to Ukraine's Head of State Veterinary Committee Peter Verbitsky.


Verbitsky said the pigs were confiscated at the border.


The Veterinary Committee is concerned with the outbreak of the African swine fever registered in the Russian Federation and the South Caucasus territories.


There is no effective state-of-the-art vaccine against this case, and it is accompanied by large scale mortality of not only domestic pigs, but wild pigs as well.


The imports' termination, according to analysts, may cause a deficit in the pork and bacon market of Ukraine, mostly supplied from neighbouring Russia. To avoid this, Kiev is planning to consider alternatives to the Russian imports, possibly from some other CIS countries.


The outbreak has been registered in the Rostov region, less than 200 kilometres from the Ukraine's border.