Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pig sale from ASF areas allowed

Pig sale from ASF areas allowed

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced on Saturday it will now allow the sale of disease-free pigs from afflicted areas. Heng Chivoan

Pig sale from ASF areas allowed

As African Swine Fever (ASF) ravages five Cambodian provinces, causing more than $600,000 in losses to local farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced on Saturday it will now allow the sale of disease-free pigs from afflicted areas.

A total of 3,211 pigs have died in Ratanakkiri, Tbong Khmum, Svay Rieng, Takeo and Kandal provinces from both the disease and culling.

The ministry on Saturday announced it had sent livestock officials and equipment to ASF-ridden areas.

“The ministry will allow the sale of pigs if a blood sample analysis reveals they are free from African swine fever so that the people can earn more to offset their expenses,” said the announcement.

Tan Phannara, the director-general of the ministry’s General Department of Animal Health and Production, told The Post on Sunday that the ministry will launch four mobile test units to areas with an outbreak of ASF with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

‘Strict control’

Cambodia Livestock Raisers Association president Pov Srun welcomed the ministry’s decision but called on veterinary officials to perform strict examinations to avoid spreading the fever.

“If [livestock raisers] can still sell their disease-free pigs, I support it, but be sure that sick pigs are strictly controlled,” he said.

Srun said it is concerning that ASF has spread to more than 600 commercial pig farms across the Kingdom, which are worth millions of dollars.

Pov said farmers can sell their live pigs at $200 on average per head.

With losses in the sector currently at about $640,000, he called on the government to help relieve some of the “poor” pig farmers’ losses.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan on Thursday said although ASF has had a serious impact on Cambodia’s pig raisers, there is no law requiring the state to pay for their losses because the Kingdom is a free marketplace.

“In principle, our laws do not [require the government] to share in the cost of any damage, but it does not mean we are ignoring the issue,” he said.

However, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon said on Sunday that the ministry has vowed to provide piglets to farmers affected by ASF.

Chann Mom, a pork salesperson at Phsar Depot market in the capital’s Tuol Kork district, said sales in the last four to five days had dropped to about half due to consumer paranoia, despite the disease not affecting humans.

“In the past, I sold four pigs per day but at the moment I cannot even sell two,” she said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Municipal hall releases map detailing colour coded Covid risks by commune

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng released an official map detailing the red, yellow and dark yellow zones within the city under the new lockdown orders for Phnom Penh announced on April 26. The designation of red, dark yellow and yellow corresponds to areas with high,

  • Inter-provincial travel ban lifted; Phnom Penh and Takmao not exempted

    The government on April 25 decided to lift the inter-provincial travel ban and the closure of tourist attractions across the country, effectively immediately. The travel ban and closures of all resorts were imposed on April 6 and 17 respectively in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19,

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown extended for another week

    The government late on April 26 announced an extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province for another seven days – or longer if residents do not comply with Covid-19 preventive measures and the community outbreak does not subside – until May 5. According

  • Gov't mulls extension of Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown

    The Inter-ministerial National Commission for the Control and Enforcement of Lockdown held a video conference meeting on April 25 to review a draft document on the extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal province’s Takmao town. The meeting was chaired by Minister of

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a