Zambian Govt Contains Swine Fever Outbreak13 December 2013
African Swine Fever
ZAMBIA - The government has said it has managed to contain the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak and has so far slaughtered 6,000 pig out of the 9,000 infected ones.
According to AllAfrica, Agriculture and Livestock Deputy Minister Luxon Kazabu said in Lusaka only, 16 affected farms having a population of 33,000 pigs had reported the outbreak of the disease.
He said from the 16 farms 9,000 pigs were infected with disease.
Mr Kazabu said in an interview yesterday that the ban of imported pork products into Lusaka and exported pork products out of the city was still in effect.
"We have managed to contain the outbreak of the swine fever and so far, we have identified 16 affected farms which have a population of 33,000 pigs.
"Out of this population, 9,000 pigs are infected and we have managed to slaughter 6,000," he said.
Mr Kazabu said Government was still discussing with the Zambia National Farmers Union the modalities on how it would compensate the farmers who had their animals slaughtered.
He said the ministry needed guidance from the union on how to correctly handle the compensation of the farmers.
Government in November banned the trading and marketing of pigs and its products to help in the fight against African swine fever.
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