Vietnam culls over 40,000 pigs to tackle ASF spread

Vietnam has culled 43,150 pigs, equivalent to about 2,157 tons, since early this year to curb the spread of African swine fever, according to a report from Vietnam News Agency which cited the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The story reported that in the last three weeks outbreaks have been confirmed in 199 villages and small cities in the provinces of Lang Son, Cao Bang and Bac Kan.

The fever outbreaks have been found in small livestock households failing to ensure safety conditions, the news agency quoted Pham Van Dong, head of the Department of Animal Health under the ministry as saying.

The story also highlighted that the total spending for African swine fever prevention and combat work in Vietnam, including funds from the central budget and local budgets along with funds supported by banks and credit institutions, reached over 13 trillion Vietnamese dong (565.2 million U.S. dollars) by July this year.

In 2019, African swine fever spread to all provinces and cities in Vietnam, leading to the death and culling of about 5.9 million pigs, the report added.

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