The head of Rusagro proposed a method to combat ASF

Глава "Русагро" предложил метод для борьбы с АЧС

The situation with African swine fever (ASF) in Russia in the current year is close to critical, and for that disease it is advisable to prevent to contain of pigs in private farms (LPH), said the General Director “Rusagro” Maxim Basov.

“I think the biggest risk (from the point of view of ASF — ed.) for companies is the maintenance of pigs in smallholdings. Believe that contain pigs in smallholdings with the situation that exists in our country economically will make all the investments possible. The only serious way of reducing risk, system — I think this is a ban on pigs in smallholdings, another way I don’t see,” said Bass, speaking at the forum “Agroholdings of Russia”.

Thus, according to him, the threat of the spread of plague from wild boars exaggerated. Moreover, the uncontrolled hunting of wild boars may result in negative consequences, as they are part of the food chain for some animals. “But I’m not sure that’s even possible in Central Russia. Therefore, the most important thing to do is to ban pigs in smallholdings,” said a top Manager.

At the same time Bass has described the situation with ASF in the country as catastrophic. “The situation is getting worse every year, actually this year it is close to catastrophic. ASF on large companies and modern systems. Thank God we don’t have it,” added the CEO.

African swine fever — a contagious viral disease of pigs. Was first registered in 1903 in South Africa is particularly dangerous, according to the International classification of infectious animal diseases. For man, the ASF is not dangerous. The ASF virus is not treatable and vaccine in animals. To stop the spread of the disease can only strict quarantine measures.

In Russia the virus spreads since 2007. This year, outbreaks of ASF were recorded in Saratov, Ryazan, Penza, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Lipetsk, Kursk, Vladimir, Smolensk, Bryansk oblasts and in the Crimea.