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ASF Threatens One Quarter of Russia's Pigs

by 5m Editor
30 April 2010, at 9:26am

RUSSIAN FEDERATION - A report on the progress of African swine fever (ASF) since 2007 by USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

Controlling African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to be problematic for Russia following its reappearance on the territory at the end of 2007. ASF's move north to the major pork-producing regions of Stavropol, Rostov and Krasnodar now threatens over 25 per cent of the country's production.

Furthermore, ASF's leap to St Petersburg and previous appearances along Russia's southern border with Kazakhstan signify that ASF is not solely a problem to be blamed on the Caucuses.

Instead, feeding practices, control of Russia's veterinary service, and the population of swine held at private households throughout the country have and will likely continue to come under increased scrutiny.

As a result, the Ministry of Agriculture has said ASF has the potential to move into Voronezh, Lipetsk, Saratov, Belgorod, Moscow, Tatarstan and Mordovia in 2010.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.
- Find out more information on swine fevers by clicking here.