October 11, 2021

 

German state secretary presents protection corridor concept to hinder ASF spread

 
 

Germany's State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Beate Kasch, was recently at Brussels, Belgium, for talks with Deputy Director-General for Health and Food Safety, Claire Bury, and her Polish and Czech counterparts on the next steps in the fight against African swine fever (ASF).

 

Kasch presented the concept of a German protection corridor to the EU Commission, the aim of which is to interrupt the westward spread of the infection. The corridor will be delimited by two fixed fences and the wild boar population will be reduced to zero.

 

To this end, gradual measures such as regular carcass searches, increased hunting and carcass removal are planned. The EU Commission has welcomed the concept.

 

Infection pressure from Poland remains high. At the meeting, Kasch once again made it clear how important it is for Germany and Poland to act jointly on the construction of wild boar fences in the border area.

 

In addition to the German protection corridor, the addition of another corridor with a third fence on the Polish side is considered important, and Kasch urged her Polish counterpart to carry out this action.

 

She explained: "An expansion of our protection corridor concept on the Polish side would be an effective means to stop the westward spread of ASF. Unfortunately, Poland is not yet ready for this, even though Germany has offered to provide personnel and organisational and financial support."

 

Kasch also asked the EU Commission to provide financial support for the construction and preventive maintenance of fences.

 

- BMEL (Germany)