October 18, 2021

 

Threat of ASF spread in Russia remains despite declining number of outbreaks


 

The number of African swine fever outbreaks in Russia has dropped from 2020, according to the country's Minister of Agriculture, Dmitry Patrushev.

 

Patrushev recently held a meeting with regional leaders and representatives of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.

 

According to Patrushev, the risk of spread of ASF remains. At the federal level, a set of measures to support business has been adopted.

 

Enterprises affected by ASF from 2020 will be able to extend preferential investment loans. As part of a compensatory subsidy for farmers, there is a reimbursement of part of the cost of livestock insurance. With the help of the target programme, the supply of ASF diagnostic tools to regions within Russia continues.

 

During the meeting, information on the current situation was presented by the heads of a number of Russian regions. Among key tasks for the regions are the provision of reliable monitoring of ASF in wild boar and farms, as well as the implementation of stock counts in all segments. 

 

Additionally, conducting an audit of biosecurity systems in commercial pig breeding facilities is needed.

 

- Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation