Brussels is concerned about the spread of african swine fever in Bulgaria

The spread of african swine fever in Bulgaria, which threatens the pig farming industry of the Balkan countries, is "very worrisome", said on Thursday a spoke

Brussels is concerned about the spread of african swine fever in Bulgaria

The spread of african swine fever in Bulgaria, which threatens the pig farming industry of the Balkan countries, is "very worrisome", said on Thursday a spokesman of the european Commission Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, calling for action against what she called an "animal disease catastrophic."

Bulgaria has reported more than 30 outbreaks of the disease - incurable in pigs but harmless to humans - in industrial farms, or backyard. Approximately 130 000 pigs have already been slaughtered. The deputy Bulgarian minister of Agriculture said on Wednesday that the country could lose its pig farming industry of around 600,000 animals. The leaders of the industry in Bulgaria fear that the epidemic will cause damage that can reach up to 2 billion levs ($1.15 billion).

experts predict an epidemic of african swine fever in China, which is expected to destroy about one-third of the pig production in chinese this year, or 18 million tonnes, which is double the amount of pork meat exported in the world each year. The health officer and of the EU food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, has offered his support to Bulgaria when he met Tuesday, the minister of Agriculture, Desislava Taneva, Bulgaria will receive € 2.9 million (3.25 million dollars) of financial help from the EU to the fight against the disease, said Taneva after his meeting with Andriukaitis.

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Updated Date: 12 August 2019, 00:00

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