September 4, 2020
43,150 swine culled in Vietnam this year to stop African swine fever spread
Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said they have culled 43,150 swine in the country this year to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF), Vietnam News Agency reported.
Vietnam has reported ASF outbreaks in 19 provinces and cities. The disease is primarily detected in northern mountainous areas of the country at Lang Son, Cao Bang, and Bac Kan provinces.
Pham Van Dong, head of the Department of Animal Health said ASF outbreaks occurred among small household farms that do not practise biosecurity measures.
According to the Vietnam News Agency report, Vietnam has spent VND 13 trillion (~US$565.2 million; VND 1000 = US$0.043) by end-July 2020 on preventing and combating ASF in the country. The total spend comes from the country's central budget, local budget, banks and credit institutions.
In 2019, 5.9 million swine in Vietnam have either been culled or killed due to ASF.
- Vietnam News Agency