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Bulgaria to witness 3rd bluetongue wave: experts

Bulgaria to witness 3rd bluetongue wave: experts

25 August 2014 | 15:33 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. A third powerful wave of the bluetongue disease is expected in Bulgaria, experts have warned, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) reported.
Speaking for the national radio, Director of the risk assessment centre with the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, Professor Boyko Likov, explained that the only thing that could be done in case of bluetongue disease was to restrict the movement of the animals and ban the forest pastures.
In his words, the disease is expected to start fading in November.
Professor Likov also commented on the sitting of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) of the European Commission (EC) dedicated to the bluetongue disease: “Bulgaria reported on what is happening in the country. We filed a demand for vaccines. There are 500,000 dozes of Spanish vaccine, which may be applied as of mid-September until the end of the month. In addition, we will need at least further 2 million dozes since there are 2.5 million ruminants in Bulgaria. Other 2 million dozes may be provided within 120 days.”
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Around 500 ruminants die of bluetongue disease in Bulgaria’s Burgas

Around 500 ruminants die of bluetongue disease in Bulgaria’s Burgas

25 August 2014 | 14:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Burgas. “Around 500 ruminants have so far died of the bluetongue disease in the Bulgarian coastal district of Burgas. The number is increasing with every passing day,” said Dr Petar Pachev, Director of the District Food Safety Agency in Burgas, speaking in an interview with Radio FOCUS – Burgas.
He added that more and more compensation applications of farmers were being filed at the district office of the agency.
“Up to the present date, there are already more than 200 applications,” Dr Pachev added.
He said that so far there was a risk only for the sheep.
“We hope that the disease will be tackled soon,” the expert remarked.
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Dairy producer: Bulgarian state should interfere more seriously and solve bluetongue problem

Dairy producer: Bulgarian state should interfere more seriously and solve bluetongue problem

25 August 2014 | 13:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Pazardzhik. “The state should interfere more seriously so as to solve the problem with the bluetongue disease,” said Rumen Georgiev, chairperson of the Association of dairy Producers in the district of Pazardzhik, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Pazardzhik.
“Death of the sheep infected with bluetongue disease is painful, it is an agony. I am not sure whether any of the so-called people in charge and the institutions has seen the agony and pain of these animals. When they see it, they will understand the sorrow of the farmers.
All animals need to get a vaccine. It is unacceptable to use one and the same argument all the time – the lack of money,” Georgiev remarked and called for immediate measures.
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300 sheep die of bluetongue in Bulgaria’s Smolyan

300 sheep die of bluetongue in Bulgaria’s Smolyan

25 August 2014 | 12:28 | FOCUS News Agency
Smolyan. “300 sheep have died of bluetongue disease in the Bulgarian district of Smolyan so far. The number of the dead sheep a week ago was 190,” said Dr Valentina Melemova, head of the infectious diseases department with the District Food Safety Directorate-Smolyan, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Smolyan.
“There are also five dead cattle but we cannot tell whether the cause of death was bluetongue disease because the laboratory tests are not ready yet,” the expert explained.
She commented further that not all infected animals died, since some had stronger immune system.
“Around 30% of the infected animals die,” Melemova said, adding that no new outbreaks had been registered.
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Bulgarian stock-breeders waiting for feedback from prosecution over bluetongue disease

Bulgarian stock-breeders waiting for feedback from prosecution over bluetongue disease

25 August 2014 | 10:14 | FOCUS News Agency
Plovdiv. Stock-breeders expect the Prosecutor’s Office to come out with a statement on their signal over the bluetongue disease and rule whether there is anyone responsible for the spreading of the disease in the country.
This is what Boyko Sinapov, Chairperson of the Stock-breeders Association, said speaking with Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv.
Last week the farmers addressed the Prosecutor General over the carelessness of the former government of prime minister Plamen Oresharski and its unwillingness to allocate money for measures against the bluetongue disease.
“The stock-breeders are determined to react in the end of the week and ask someone to assume responsibility, since according to them someone is responsible for the situation,” Sinapov remarked.
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Bluetongue disease continues spreading in Bulgaria (ROUNDUP)

Bluetongue disease continues spreading in Bulgaria (ROUNDUP)

25 August 2014 | 06:37 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “There is tension among people, who breed animals, in the Bulgarian district of Smolyan over the bluetongue disease,” said Dr Milen Sirakov, Chairperson of the Union of Veterinarians in Smolyan Disrtrict, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Smolyan.
In his words, the animals are both “happiness and sorrow” for these people and when animas are dying from a disease the farmers get concerned.
“We do our best to restrict the disease and thus preserve the flocks but it is a hard and bilateral process and it depends both on the farmer and on the veterinarian,” the expert commented further.
“All stock-breeders in the Bulgarian town of Smolyan are concerned about the spreading of the bluetongue disease. Tough not all herds are affected, there are sick animals in every village,” said Rashko Kehayov, chairperson of the union of sheep-breeders in the district of Smolyan, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Smolyan.
In his words, the sheep-breeders did not receive the needed attention on behalf of the authorities in charge.
“Medical products are used only in the places where there is already an outbreak, while nothing is done for the other herds in the region,” Kehayov added.
Meanwhile, three outbreaks of the bluetongue disease have been confirmed through laboratory analysis in Bulgaria’s district of Razgrad. They are in the villages of Medovene, Zadruga and Belovets,” said Dr Ibrahim Yahov, director of the District Directorate for Food Safety, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Shumen.
Authorities are also expecting the results of samples from eight other settlements in the district.
“All veterinarians in the district are on the alert and are available round-the-clock for the farmers. We hope that with joint efforts we will manage to cope with the situation,” Dr Yahov remarked.
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Almost every village in Bulgaria’s Smolyan affected by bluetongue disease

Almost every village in Bulgaria’s Smolyan affected by bluetongue disease

24 August 2014 | 17:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Smolyan. “All stock-breeders in the Bulgarian town of Smolyan are concerned about the spreading of the bluetongue disease. Tough not all herds are affected, there are sick animals in every village,” said Rashko Kehayov, chairperson of the union of sheep-breeders in the district of Smolyan, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Smolyan.
In his words, the sheep-breeders did not receive the needed attention on behalf of the authorities in charge.
“Medical products are used only in the places where there is already an outbreak, while nothing is done for the other herds in the region,” Kehayov added.
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Three bluetongue outbreaks confirmed in Bulgaria’s Razgrad

Three bluetongue outbreaks confirmed in Bulgaria’s Razgrad

24 August 2014 | 16:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Razgrad. Three outbreaks of the bluetongue disease have been confirmed through laboratory analysis in Bulgaria’s district of Razgrad. They are in the villages of Medovene, Zadruga and Belovets,” said Dr Ibrahim Yahov, director of the District Directorate for Food Safety, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Shumen.
Authorities are also expecting the results of samples from eight other settlements in the district.
“All veterinarians in the district are on the alert and are available round-the-clock for the farmers. We hope that with joint efforts we will manage to cope with the situation,” Dr Yahov remarked.
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There is tension among animal breeders in Bulgaria’s Smolyan over bluetongue disease: vet

There is tension among animal breeders in Bulgaria’s Smolyan over bluetongue disease: vet

24 August 2014 | 12:12 | FOCUS News Agency
Smolyan. “There is tension among people, who breed animals, in the Bulgarian district of Smolyan over the bluetongue disease,” said Dr Milen Sirakov, Chairperson of the Union of Veterinarians in Smolyan Disrtrict, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Smolyan.
In his words, the animals are both “happiness and sorrow” for these people and when animas are dying from a disease the farmers get concerned.
“We do our best to restrict the disease and thus preserve the flocks but it is a hard and bilateral process and it depends both on the farmer and on the veterinarian,” the expert commented further.
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Over 150 animals die from 'bluetongue' disease in Bulgaria’s Kalofer: Mayor

Over 150 animals die from 'bluetongue' disease in Bulgaria’s Kalofer: Mayor

23 August 2014 | 12:57 | FOCUS News Agency
Kalofer. Over 150 animals died from 'bluetongue' disease on the territory of Kalofer. That is what Mayor of Kalofer Rumen Stoyanov, said for Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv.
There are many diseased animals, said the Mayor. According to him, the municipality has made the first steps that had to undertake two weeks ago.
All farmers in Karlovo municipality, about 60 farmers, have gathered outside the municipality building. "I am grateful to the Regional Directorate of the Food Safety Agency that they immediately took adequate measures in the person of Ivan Shikov" Stoyanov said.
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Bulgaria seeks assistance from the European Commission over bluetongue disease

Bulgaria seeks assistance from the European Commission over bluetongue disease

22 August 2014 | 13:04 | FOCUS News Agency
Karlovo. Some 5 million doses of vaccines against the outbreak of bluetongue in Bulgaria will be required, deputy executive director of the Bulgarian Agency on Food Safety Dr. Radoslav Karabadzhakov told journalists in Karlovo, a reporter of Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv announced. Bulgaria expects assistance from the European Commission. A meeting with representatives of the European Commission is scheduled for September 3, while the vaccination itself should begin by the end of the same month.
One dose of the vaccine costs 0.55 euro, which means that the total sum for the vaccination of small and large ruminants in Bulgaria is about BGN 5.5 million. Half of the funds should
come from the national budget and the other half will be covered by the European Commission, Mr Karabadzhakov said.


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Third wave of bluetongue disease expected in Bulgaria

Third wave of bluetongue disease expected in Bulgaria

22 August 2014 | 12:22 | FOCUS News Agency
Plovdiv. Third wave of bluetongue disease is expected in Bulgaria, deputy executive director of the Bulgarian Agency on Food Safety Dr. Radoslav Karabadzhakov told journalists in Plovdiv, a reporter of Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv announced.
So far 3,074 animals have died from the bluetongue disease. In Plovdiv region were registered 330 dead animals, Dr. Karabadzhakov said. There is no statistic on the total number of the diseased animals in the country. By the moment the most seriously affected by the disease is northwestern Bulgaria.
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Deputy Agriculture Minister to visit Bulgaria’s Kalofer over bluetongue disease

Deputy Agriculture Minister to visit Bulgaria’s Kalofer over bluetongue disease

22 August 2014 | 10:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Kalofer. Interim Deputy Agriculture Minister Assoc. Professor Georgi Kostov will visit the town of Kalofer in connection with the organization with collecting the corpses of animals died of bluetongue disease and their transportation to the incinerator, the press centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food announced.
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Bulgaria agriculture ministry outlines measures to tackle bluetongue disease; farmers address prosecutor general (ROUNDUP)

Bulgaria agriculture ministry outlines measures to tackle bluetongue disease; farmers address prosecutor general (ROUNDUP)

22 August 2014 | 01:14 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. On Thursday the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food hosted a sitting of the coordination staff established by interim Minister of Agriculture and Food, Vasil Grudev, in connection with the complex epizootic situation in Bulgaria over the bluetongue disease. The meeting was dedicated on the current situation around the spreading of the disease and on outlining concrete measures for its overcoming.
One of the big news is that the ministry has outlined measures to tackle the disease, while in the meantime Bulgarian stock-breeders filed an official signal to the Prosecutor General over the lack of reaction on behalf of the state.
Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food has outlined measures to tackle the bluetongue disease in the country.
Bulgarian interim Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food, Georgi Kostov, announced the news speaking with journalists.
“Some of the measures are merely organisational, such as the connection among the different services. There will be a demonstration for all farmers in the region of Kalofer and Karlovo tomorrow,” the deputy minister remarked.
In his words, the rest of the measures concerned clinical issues that are within the competence of the veterinary authorities.
“There was a risk assessment report, which is not absolutely complete, since the data about the spreading of the disease, as well as some other information, needs to be officially filed, such as in terms of the cost,” Kostov said further.
Speaking of the vaccination, Kostov stressed that the general opinion of the experts was that it was needed but it would be done in the autumn-winter season.
He added that there was an inquiry to the European Commission (EC) but there was no official response yet.
Mr Kostov added that there were 500,000 vaccines found but there was no official decision on its purchase yet.
Earlier, the ministry issued a press release with a statement of the interim minister.
“I will personally insists for the national payments on animals to be paid at once with the revision of the budget and not in separate tranches,” Bulgarian interim Minister of Agriculture and Food, Vasil Grudev, said speaking after the sitting of the Consultative Council on Stockbreeding, the press office of the ministry announced.
Mr Grudev stressed that the major task of the ministry at the moment was the adequate financial policy for the stock-breeding sector.
The Minister added that the situation in the sector was dramatic in connection with the bluetongue disease. He added that the disease was ascertained in the end of June, while the peak was in the days between July 14 – 22.
“The peak of the disease is diminishing but the harm remains. We will have to fight the consequences for years. The concrete actions that were taken aim at decreasing the loss.
Now we have to neglect all conflicts and join forces to help the stock breeders,” Minister Grudev said.
Short before that the news broke that stock-breeders from all over Bulgaria have filed a declaration to the Prosecutor General over the lack of actions on behalf of the state over the bluetongue disease.
Rumyana Arnaudova, spokesperson of the Prosecutor General, announced the news for FOCUS News Agency.
The declaration was filed at 2:30 p.m. It was signed by more than 20 people.
The paper reads, as follows:
“In connection with the epidemic situation in the country due to the bluetongue disease infecting the farm animals, the Bulgarian stock-breeders address you over the criminal behaviour and mismanagement on behalf of the executive power of the Republic of Bulgaria, which left the initial outbreak of bluetongue disease in the town of Ivaylovgrad non-mastered for three months and by now allowed the spreading of the disease, an epidemic and a state of emergency in the entire country.
We, the Bulgarian stock-breeders, are losing our animals at breakneck speed and Bulgaria risks being left without animals.”
The decision of the farmers was announced earlier on Thursday by a representative of the sector. Here is his commentary on the issue.
“All stock-breeders in Bulgaria have signed and will file a signal to the Prosecutor General to investigate the case with the lack of actions on behalf of the state administration in connection with the bluetongue disease,” said Dimitar Zorov, Chairperson of the National Stock-breeder’s Union and director of the National Dairy Board, speaking with journalists.
“The first outbreaks of the disease were reported on June 30,” he remarked.
Asked who should assume the responsibility, Zorov commented that those to be blamed were those who refused to give money for prevention and then the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency asked the minister of agriculture for financing, while the Council of Ministers refused to allocate the money declaring the measure inexpedient.
He also recalled the statement of the interim minister of agriculture, Vasil Grudev, who had said that the disease in Bulgaria was spreading faster than anywhere else.
FOCUS News Agency has been addressing different experts and officials to discuss the issue. Here are some of the comments:
“Some 3,042 sheep in Bulgaria have so far died of bluetongue disease,” said Professor Boyko Likov, Director of the risk assessment centre with the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, speaking in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.
Speaking of the number of regions where the disease was detected, Professor Likov said: “According to information valid by August 18, the disease is registered in 241 settlements and 22 districts in the country. Some 3,042 dead sheep have been so far registered.”
“Situation is most complicated in the districts of Kardzhali and Haskovo, which report biggest number of affected flocks and biggest number of dead sheep. This is explained with the fact that the two districts are very close to Greece, where the disease probably entered Bulgaria from,” the expert commented further.
“According to data from other countries, the speed of disease’s spreading is around 15 to 30 km a week. In Bulgaria, however, the disease is spreading much faster,” Likov remarked.
“The bluetongue disease is registered in the districts of Haskovo, Kardzhali, Yambol, Burgas, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Smolyan, Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Sofia City, and Sofia District,” the expert said further.
“Bluetongue disease entered Bulgaria from Greece and Turkey but these are things that cannot be controlled,” said Professor Boyko Likov, Director of the Risk Assessment Centre with the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, speaking for FOCUS News Agency.
“We cannot say that the epizootic is out of control. It is a normal passing of a disease after initial entrance of the virus. This is what happens in all countries,” the expert remarked.
“Can we control the rain, the high temperatures, the strong wind, or the epizootic situation in Turkey and Greece? Obviously, there is bluetongue disease in these countries, too and the virus has definitely entered Bulgaria from there. We have no information about Turkey, while Greece announced bluetongue in the European prefectures after Bulgaria, which is not normal,” he added.
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Bulgaria agriculture ministry outlines measures to tackle bluetongue disease

Bulgaria agriculture ministry outlines measures to tackle bluetongue disease

21 August 2014 | 16:01 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food has outlined measures to tackle the bluetongue disease in the country.
Bulgarian interim Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food, Georgi Kostov, announced the news speaking with journalists, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
“Some of the measures are merely organisational, such as the connection among the different services. There will be a demonstration for all farmers in the region of Kalofer and Karlovo tomorrow,” the deputy minister remarked.
In his words, the rest of the measures concerned clinical issues that are within the competence of the veterinary authorities.
“There was a risk assessment report, which is not absolutely complete, since the data about the spreading of the disease, as well as some other information, needs to be officially filed, such as in terms of the cost,” Kostov said further.
Speaking of the vaccination, Kostov stressed that the general opinion of the experts was that it was needed but it would be done in the autumn-winter season.
He added that there was an inquiry to the European Commission (EC) but there was no official response yet.
Mr Kostov added that there were 500,000 vaccines found but there was no official decision on its purchase yet.
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Bulgarian stock-breeders address Prosecutor General over bluetongue disease

Bulgarian stock-breeders address Prosecutor General over bluetongue disease

21 August 2014 | 15:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Stock-breeders from all over Bulgaria have filed a declaration to the Prosecutor General over the lack of actions on behalf of the state over the bluetongue disease.
Rumyana Arnaudova, spokesperson of the Prosecutor General, announced the news for FOCUS News Agency.
The declaration was filed at 2:30 p.m. It was signed by more than 20 people.
The paper reads, as follows:
“In connection with the epidemic situation in the country due to the bluetongue disease infecting the farm animals, the Bulgarian stock-breeders address you over the criminal behaviour and mismanagement on behalf of the executive power of the Republic of Bulgaria, which left the initial outbreak of bluetongue disease in the town of Ivaylovgrad non-mastered for three months and by now allowed the spreading of the disease, an epidemic and a state of emergency in the entire country.
We, the Bulgarian stock-breeders, are losing our animals at breakneck speed and Bulgaria risks being left without animals.”
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Bulgaria interim minister: I will insist on national payments on animals to be paid at once with budget revision

Bulgaria interim minister: I will insist on national payments on animals to be paid at once with budget revision

21 August 2014 | 15:04 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “I will personally insists for the national payments on animals to be paid at once with the revision of the budget and not in separate tranches,” Bulgarian interim Minister of Agriculture and Food, Vasil Grudev, said speaking after the sitting of the Consultative Council on Stockbreeding, the press office of the ministry announced.
Mr Grudev stressed that the major task of the ministry at the moment was the adequate financial policy for the stock-breeding sector.
The Minister added that the situation in the sector was dramatic in connection with the bluetongue disease. He added that the disease was ascertained in the end of June, while the peak was in the days between July 14 – 22.
“The peak of the disease is diminishing but the harm remains. We will have to fight the consequences for years. The concrete actions that were taken aim at decreasing the loss.
Now we have to neglect all conflicts and join forces to help the stock breeders,” Minister Grudev said.
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Bulgarian stock-breeders to address Prosecution over bluetongue disease

Bulgarian stock-breeders to address Prosecution over bluetongue disease

21 August 2014 | 14:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “All stock-breeders in Bulgaria have signed and will file a signal to the Prosecutor General to investigate the case with the lack of actions on behalf of the state administration in connection with the bluetongue disease,” said Dimitar Zorov, Chairperson of the National Stock-breeder’s Union and director of the National Dairy Board, speaking with journalists, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
“The first outbreaks of the disease were reported on June 30,” he remarked.
Asked who should assume the responsibility, Zorov commented that those to be blamed were those who refused to give money for prevention and then the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency asked the minister of agriculture for financing, while the Council of Ministers refused to allocate the money declaring the measure inexpedient.
He also recalled the statement of the interim minister of agriculture, Vasil Grudev, who had said that the disease in Bulgaria was spreading faster than anywhere else.
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3,042 sheep die of bluetongue disease in Bulgaria: expert

3,042 sheep die of bluetongue disease in Bulgaria: expert

21 August 2014 | 11:46 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “Some 3,042 sheep in Bulgaria have so far died of bluetongue disease,” said Professor Boyko Likov, Director of the risk assessment centre with the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, speaking in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.
Speaking of the number of regions where the disease was detected, Professor Likov said: “According to information valid by August 18, the disease is registered in 241 settlements and 22 districts in the country. Some 3,042 dead sheep have been so far registered.”
“Situation is most complicated in the districts of Kardzhali and Haskovo, which report biggest number of affected flocks and biggest number of dead sheep. This is explained with the fact that the two districts are very close to Greece, where the disease probably entered Bulgaria from,” the expert commented further.
“According to data from other countries, the speed of disease’s spreading is around 15 to 30 km a week. In Bulgaria, however, the disease is spreading much faster,” Likov remarked.
“The bluetongue disease is registered in the districts of Haskovo, Kardzhali, Yambol, Burgas, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Smolyan, Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Sofia City, and Sofia District,” the expert said further.
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Bulgarian ministry of agriculture to hold sitting over bluetongue disease

Bulgarian ministry of agriculture to hold sitting over bluetongue disease

21 August 2014 | 08:19 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. On Thursday, August 21, the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food is to host a sitting of the coordination staff established by interim Minister of Agriculture and Food, Vasil Grudev, in connection with the complex epizootic situation in Bulgaria over the bluetongue disease, the press office of the ministry announced.
The meeting will be focused on the current situation around the spreading of the disease and on outlining concrete measures for its overcoming.
The event is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
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Bluetongue disease entered Bulgaria from Greece, Turkey: expert

Bluetongue disease entered Bulgaria from Greece, Turkey: expert

20 August 2014 | 17:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “Bluetongue disease entered Bulgaria from Greece and Turkey but these are things that cannot be controlled,” said Professor Boyko Likov, Director of the Risk Assessment Centre with the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, speaking for FOCUS News Agency.
“We cannot say that the epizootic is out of control. It is a normal passing of a disease after initial entrance of the virus. This is what happens in all countries,” the expert remarked.
“Can we control the rain, the high temperatures, the strong wind, or the epizootic situation in Turkey and Greece? Obviously, there is bluetongue disease in these countries, too and the virus has definitely entered Bulgaria from there. We have no information about Turkey, while Greece announced bluetongue in the European prefectures after Bulgaria, which is not normal,” he added.
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Bulgarian ministry of agriculture to hold sitting over bluetongue disease

Bulgarian ministry of agriculture to hold sitting over bluetongue disease

20 August 2014 | 17:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. On Thursday, August 21, the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food is to host a sitting of the coordination staff established by interim Minister of Agriculture and Food, Vasil Grudev, in connection with the complex epizootic situation in Bulgaria over the bluetongue disease, the press office of the ministry announced.
The meeting will be focused on the current situation around the spreading of the disease and on outlining concrete measures for its overcoming.
The event is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
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Bluetongue disease detected in Bulgaria’s Silistra district

Bluetongue disease detected in Bulgaria’s Silistra district

20 August 2014 | 14:33 | FOCUS News Agency
Silistra. Bluetongue disease has been reported in two samples of sheep from farms in the villages of Pravda and Polkovnik Taslakovo, district of Silistra.
Dr Valeri Milchev with the District Food Safety Directorate, announced the news speaking for Radio FOCUS – Shumen.
The expert added that the authorities had taken measures to process the centre of infection and no other animals had symptoms of the disease.
“One of the farms has 18 sheep and the one that was infected already died. The other farm has 105 sheep, while the infected one is in good shape but it tested positive,” Dr Milchev remarked.
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Bulgarian Agriculture Ministry has resources to compensate farmers over 'bluetongue' disease (ROUNDUP)

Bulgarian Agriculture Ministry has resources to compensate farmers over 'bluetongue' disease (ROUNDUP)

20 August 2014 | 07:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Mokren Village. “We have the resources to compensate farmers whose animals suffer the 'bluetongue' disease,” interim Minister of Agriculture and Food Vasil Grudev told journalists before the meeting with farmers in the village of Mokren, Sliven region, over 'bluetongue' disease, a reporter of FOCUS News Agency announced.
Minister Grudev explained that the payment of compensation for the dead animals suffered "bluetongue" disease will be considered the breed of the animals. The meeting was attended by the mayor of the village Manol Hristov, governor of Sliven Korneliy Zhelyazkov, Dr. Plamen Penchev from the Regional Directorate of Food Safety Agency - Sliven and others.
“The Bulgarian Agriculture Ministry allotted BGN 450,000 compensations for the farmers who lost their animals because of the bluetongue disease”, interim Minister of Agriculture and Food Vasil Grudev said in the village of Mokren.
According to the Minister around 1,900 animals have died from bluetongue disease in Bulgaria, and the Ministry has the needed resource to fully compensate the farmers.
“The amount that will be required for the purchase of vaccines against bluetongue disease is about BGN 3 million, but the entire amount for vaccination of animals will be clear next year,” the interim Minister of Agriculture said.
He explained that breeders should be relaxed, from this perspective, the Ministry has the needed resources to compensate their losses, adding that the situation with bluetongue disease is really serious in terms of the number of outbreaks in the country.
"I'm here with one goal and idea to reassure farmers and tell them that we have found all the necessary financial resources to compensate these farmers," the minster stated, adding that he wants to inform the breeders on the real situation and the situation of the bluetongue around the country.

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Amount required for the purchase of vaccines against bluetongue disease is about BGN 3 million: minister

Amount required for the purchase of vaccines against bluetongue disease is about BGN 3 million: minister

19 August 2014 | 17:37 | FOCUS News Agency
Mokren village. “The amount that will be required for the purchase of vaccines against bluetongue disease is about BGN 3 million, but the entire amount for vaccination of animals will be clear next year.” That is what interim Minister of Agriculture Vasil Grudev said in the village of Mokren, cited by FOCUS News Agency .
He explained that breeders should be relaxed, from this perspective, the Ministry has the needed resources to compensate their losses, adding that the situation with bluetongue disease is really serious in terms of the number of outbreaks in the country.
"I'm here with one goal and idea to reassure farmers and tell them that we have found all the necessary financial resources to compensate these farmers," the minster stated, adding that he wants to inform the breeders on the real situation and the situation of the bluetongue around the country.
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Bulgarian Agriculture Ministry allots BGN 450,000 compensations over bluetongue disease

Bulgarian Agriculture Ministry allots BGN 450,000 compensations over bluetongue disease

19 August 2014 | 16:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Sliven. “The Bulgarian Agriculture Ministry allotted BGN 450,000 compensations for the farmers who lost their animals because of the bluetongue disease”, interim Minister of Agriculture and Food Vasil Grudev said in the village of Mokren, cited by a reporter of Radio FOCUS Sliven .
According to the Minister around 1,900 animals have died from bluetongue disease in Bulgaria, and the Ministry has the needed resource to fully compensate the farmers.
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We have the resources to compensate farmers over 'bluetongue' disease

We have the resources to compensate farmers over 'bluetongue' disease

19 August 2014 | 15:46 | FOCUS News Agency
Mokren village. “We have the resources to compensate farmers whose animals suffer the 'bluetongue' disease,” interim Minister of Agriculture and Food Vasil Grudev told journalists before the meeting with farmers in the village of Mokren, Sliven region, over 'bluetongue' disease, a reporter of FOCUS News Agency announced.
Minister Grudev explained that the payment of compensation for the dead animals suffered "bluetongue" disease will be considered the breed of the animals. The meeting was attended by the mayor of the village Manol Hristov, governor of Sliven Korneliy Zhelyazkov, Dr. Plamen Penchev from the Regional Directorate of Food Safety Agency - Sliven and others.
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