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Tanzanian Govt Bans Pig Imports to Curb ASF Spread

16 June 2017

TANZANIA - The government has banned, for one year, importation of live swine and its products following an outbreak of Africa Swine Fever (ASF) which has hit some regions in the country.

The move is aimed at containing the spread of the disease.

So far, some regions have been hit by the disease, a move which forced the government to announce a special quarantine as a means to prevent it from spreading.

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, William Ole Nasha, told AllAfrica in a telephone interview that due to the outbreak, the affected areas have been quarantined.

He named some of the affected regions as Mbeya, Rukwa, Dodoma, Dar es Salaam and Kibaha in the Coast Region.

"We have decided to take precautions to prevent further spread of the Africa Swine Fever, thus those areas identified with the disease are on quarantine as well as banning importation of live swine and its products," said Ole Nasha.

ThePigSite News Desk

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