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Fences on Latvian Borders to Fight ASF Disapproved

15 August 2013

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LATVIA - Sixty per cent of economically-active Latvian residents do not support building a fence along Latvia's eastern border to stop wild boars from entering Latvia and spreading African swine fever, according to a survey carried out by the market, social and media research company TNS Latvia and the LNT television channel.

The Baltic Course reports that 22 per cent approve of building a fence to prevent the dangerous fever from spreading into the Baltic countries from Russia and Belarus while 18 per cent have no opinion.

The survey was carried out from 6 to 8 August; a total of 900 residents ages 18 to 55 were interviewed, reported LETA.

As reported, to limit African swine fever from spreading into the Baltic countries from Russia and Belarus, a fence will have to be built on the countries' borders with Russia and Belarus to prevent free movement of wild boars.

Hopefully the significant expenses will be covered by the European Union, as Food and Veterinary Service Director General Maris Balodis told after a meeting of Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian and Polish veterinary services' heads in Vilnius at the end of July.

The fence will be built along the entire border of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with Russia and Belarus. This is the only way to curb the movement of wild boars, explained Balodis.

ThePigSite News Desk

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