Pigs on Small Farms Face Government Ban24 July 2013
African Swine Fever
RUSSIA - Almost 4.5 million pigs that are currently kept on small private farms are likely to soon be confiscated from their owners as the government attempts to fight an outbreak of African swine fever that is sweeping across the country, Vedomosti has reported.
According to The Moscow Times, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that 55 cases of the deadly virus have been reported as of mid-July.
"The fever can lead to a total elimination of livestock," the Prime Minister said, according to a transcript of the meeting on the Cabinet's website.
His deputy Arkady Dvorkovich proposed a set of measures to address this situation, including federal enforcement of quarantine, putting biological waste disposal sites in order, implementing a system for tracking the movement of livestock and animal products within the country and instituting a ban on pig breeding for all organizations that fail to comply with sanitary requirements.
Recognizing that taking pigs away from small private farms could be "a sensitive issue," Prime Minister Medvedev said the government should support those whose livelihood might be damaged as a result.
Russia's swine breeding industry has made strides in recent years, with the country now considering exporting pork, according to Medvedev. But this is due to the increasing number of major enterprises that have entered the business and not to small private farms, which are gradually declining in importance, he added.
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