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Two new cases of African swine fever in wild boar reported in Blagoevgrad

Two new cases of African swine fever in wild boar reported in Blagoevgrad

6 December 2019 | 14:05 | FOCUS News Agency
Blagoevgrad. Two new cases of African swine fever in wild boar have been found on the territory of the Blagoevgrad State Forestry, Focus Radio – Pirin reported.

Testing of samples of wild boars shot in two hunting areas – Selishte and Buchino – confirmed presence of the African swine fever virus.

According to the hunters, no signs of the disease were observed during the initial treatment of the dead animals. The carcasses were destroyed as required.

An order for the infected zone will be issued by the director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, and an order for restriction of activities in the forest territories falling within the zone – by the director of the Blagoevgrad Forestry.

The infected zone will be marked with warning signs. Residents and hunters are urged to strictly comply with the biosecurity measures to prevent and fight the dangerous infection.
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BGN 3.7 million allocated to prevent ASF spread in Bulgaria

BGN 3.7 million allocated to prevent ASF spread in Bulgaria

4 December 2019 | 13:36 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The government has approved additional transfers to the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry's 2019. The financial resource amounts to BGN 3.7 million and is intended for preventive measures and actions against the spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the country, said the government press office.
The funds will be used for Bulgaria’s co-financing of emergency measures against ASF.
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Minister Desislava Taneva: All bans in forest land aim to prevent ASF spread, which is difficult and can take years for wild boar

Minister Desislava Taneva: All bans in forest land aim to prevent ASF spread, which is difficult and can take years for wild boar

15 November 2019 | 14:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. All bans in forest land aim to prevent African swine fever (ASF) spread, which is difficult and can take years for wild boar, Agriculture, Food and Water Minister Desislava Taneva said in response to a question from BSP MP Svetla Bachvarova - Piralkova during Friday's parliamentary scrutiny, Focus News Agency reports.
"The total area of forest land in the infected zones with confirmed cases of ASF, for which a total ban on activities has been imposed, is 381,366 hectares or 9% of the total area of forest land in the country. On 1 October 2019, an order issued by me approved the guidelines for identifying infected zones around a confirmed case of ASF in wild boar and prescribed biosecurity measures. According to this order, an infected zone with a total area of not less than 200 sq. km is set around a place of registered infection, which is divided into three sub-zones," the minister explained. “As of 14 November 2019, the total area of agricultural and forest lands in Subzone A, for which a total ban has been imposed, was 7,850 hectares, with the area of forest land alone amounting to 2,324.2 hectares, which is 0.05% of the total area of forests in the country. In Subzones B and C, all forest and agricultural activities may be carried out, hunting for mushrooms, truffles, herbs, tourism, hunting or other activities, but only while implementing the minimum biosecurity measures against the spread of the disease," Minister Taneva said.
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Food Safety - Burgas slaughters 99 pigs hidden by their owners

Food Safety - Burgas slaughters 99 pigs hidden by their owners

12 November 2019 | 10:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Burgas. Officials of the Regional Food Safety Directorate (RFSD) - Burgas have slaughtered 99 pigs, hidden by their owners, said the press office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Water. Following a tip-off about free-ranging pigs in the Panaya area between the towns of Aheloy and Kableshkovo, a spot-check was carried out. The pigs found to belong to six farmers were not ear-tagged and were of unknown origin.
Jointly with the police and the prosecutor's office the animals have been humanely killed. The owners have been issued administrative citations. The unregistered farms with the unidentified animals fall within a three-kilometre quarantine zone established around an industrial pig farm. One of the inspectors was attacked during the slaughtering. The attacker was arrested by police.
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New outbreak of African swine fever in Smyadovo

New outbreak of African swine fever in Smyadovo

18 October 2019 | 13:01 | FOCUS News Agency
Shumen. By order of the director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency a primary outbreak of African swine fever in a pig breeding farm has been declared. The farm is located in the Smyadovo municipality, in an area west of the town of Smyadovo, said the press office of the Shumen Regional Administration.
According to the order, a 3 km protection zone has been set. A 10 km surveillance zone has also been identified, comprising of: from the Smyadovo municipality – the villages of Aleksandrovo and Rish, as well as the urbanised territory of Smyadovo, from the Veliki Preslav municipality – the villages of Zlatar, Dragoevo, Mokresh and Suha reka. According to the Regional Food Safety Directorate, 68 animals from the infected farm were slaughtered and buried. All biosecurity measures as per the order have been implemented. The next meeting of the Regional Epizootic Commission will be held on 22 October in the building of the Shumen Regional Administration.
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Two new samples test positive for ASF in Shumen region

Two new samples test positive for ASF in Shumen region

15 October 2019 | 15:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Shumen. Two new samples have tested positive for African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar in Shumen region, it transpired at a meeting of the Regional Epizootic Commission, FOCUS Radio-Shumen reported. Samples taken from wild boars killed during a group hunt on 5 and 6 October were sent for laboratory testing for ASF and Trichinella. Two samples from the villages of Sini vir and Venets tested positive for ASF. An official order declaring a new outbreak for the disease is yet to be issued, but Petko Sherenkov, the deputy governor of Shumen, said that appropriate measures have already been underway in view of the current situation.
The Sokol Hunting Society in Shumen raised the issue of the delay in the laboratory results, pointing out that samples sent on 7 October have not received their results yet. "People store a certain amount of meat in freezers and do not know what to do. We want a quick answer in writing, not through a phone call," said Stoyan Ivanov, specialist at Sokol Hunting Society. Dr. Katya Raykinska, director of the regional directorate for food safety, said that the procedure for submitting samples will be changed.
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First case of African swine fever registered in Asenovgrad area

First case of African swine fever registered in Asenovgrad area

14 October 2019 | 14:05 | FOCUS News Agency
Asenovgrad. Тhe first case of African swine fever (ASF) was registered in the area of Asenovgrad, Director of State Forestry - Asenovgrad Slavi Bogutev told Focus Radio – Plovdiv.
The virus was confirmed in a wild boar shot by hunters in the land of Uzunovo village. The meat was immediately sent for laboratory testing to Sofia, the result of the second sample also came positive. "The sample was confirmed positive on Friday. The subsequent actions were taken in compliance with the order of the minister of agriculture, food and forests – the infected boar was buried in a specially designated place, and a quarantine zone within a radius of 5 km around the shooting area has been set. All human activity, as well as the access of humans and pets, is strictly prohibited. The quarantine period is one month," Bogutev said.
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Two new outbreaks of African swine fever in Shumen region reported

Two new outbreaks of African swine fever in Shumen region reported

11 October 2019 | 13:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Shumen. Two new outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) have been reported in the region of Shumen, said the regional administration.
By order of the director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA), a primary case of ASF in wild boar was declared in the village of Mengishevo, Varbitsa municipality. Positive ASF virus samples were confirmed in 19 carcasses of wild boar found on 6 and 7 October 2019 in the area. The order has defined an infected area around the location and all necessary measures have been taken according to the instructions of the minister of agriculture, food and forestry. All biosecurity measures are being implemented.
Another order of BFSA director declared a primary outbreak of ASF in a registered pig breeding farm in the town of Smyadovo. According to the order, a 3-km protection zone has been set around the farm, which includes Smyadovo. A 10-km surveillance area has also been set, which includes: in Smyadovo municipality – the villages of Kalnovo, Yankovo, Byal Bryag, Veselinovo, Alexandrovo; in Shumen municipality – Ivanski village, and in Veliki Preslav municipality – Zlatar and Suha reka villages. According to the Regional Food Safety Directorate, 86 animals from the infected farm were slaughtered and buried. All biosecurity measures have been completed in accordance with the order.
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Infected zone declared over new case of African swine fever in wild boar in Targovishte municipality

Infected zone declared over new case of African swine fever in wild boar in Targovishte municipality

9 October 2019 | 13:27 | FOCUS News Agency
Targovishte. An infected zone has been declared after a new case of African swine fever in wild boar was found in the Targovishte municipality, said the Regional Administration.
An order of the director of the Regional Forestry Directorate – Shumen has set up a zone, banning the access of all persons not involved in search activities or the implementation of biosecurity measures for prevention and elimination of the disease.
Warning signs have been placed, and patrol teams will daily inspect the area to prevent unauthorised persons from entering Subzone A. Members of hunting associations and officials of the Targovishte State Forestry are searching Subzone A for dead wild pigs. In Subzones B and C of the designated infected area, forestry and agricultural activities, picking mushrooms, herbs, truffles, tourism and other activities may only be carried out after securing and implementing the relevant minimum biosecurity measures. Hunting in Subzones B and C is to be carried out in strict compliance with the rules laid down and approved by the order of the minister of agriculture, food and forestry of 01.10.2019.

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No new cases of African swine fever in Blagoevgrad region

No new cases of African swine fever in Blagoevgrad region

8 October 2019 | 14:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Blagoevgrad. No new cases of African swine fever have been reported in the Blagoevgrad region, said Dr. Mihail Bashtavelov, Director of the Regional Food Safety Directorate - Blagoevgrad, after a meeting of the Regional Epizootic Commission, Focus Radio – Pirin reported.
In his words, a number of tests on domestic and wild pigs have been made over the past week, which have been negative. "In the past week, together with the representatives of the municipalities, we also checked for repopulation in the areas where animals were voluntarily slaughtered, namely Kresna and Strumyani. We checked 162 backyard farms. We have found no cases of repopulation,” said Dr. Bashtavelov.
He further said that the two-week mission of experts of the European Commission has already completed, the experts gave a good assessment of the actions taken by the Bulgarian institutions and community to fight the disease. "The measures we have taken were considered appropriate. One of the weaknesses found is the small number of registered backyard farms. In this regard, their recommendation is to continue the measures in that direction, as well as to continue the control over hunting groups by the Food Safety Agency. The aim is to monitor whether they implement the biosecurity measures and disinfection measures they must take when leaving the hunting grounds," said Dr. Bashtavlov.
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Dead wild pigs discovered near Varbitsa in Shumen district

Dead wild pigs discovered near Varbitsa in Shumen district

7 October 2019 | 10:34 | FOCUS News Agency
Shumen. A report of wild boar carcasses was received last night at the Varbitsa State Forestty, said the Northeast State Enterprise.
Forestry employees and the hunting expert of the state enterprise, Tervel Stefanov, looked around the area and the case was confirmed. Several dead boars had been found in a shrubby area between Varbitsa and the village of Mengishevo, outside the forestry territories. Currently, forestry employees and representatives of the local food safety agency are onsite, searing the entire area. Samples from all dead animals will be submitted for laboratory tests. The corpses will be buried and the place will be treated according to the disinfection rules. The presence of the dead animals was reported by members of a hunting group in the area.
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Vasil Vasilev, Chairman of Union of Hunters and Anglers in Bulgaria: No financial support from the state for hunting groups in the fight against ASF

Vasil Vasilev, Chairman of Union of Hunters and Anglers in Bulgaria: No financial support from the state for hunting groups in the fight against ASF

4 October 2019 | 10:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There is no financial support from the state for hunting groups in the fight against African swine fever (ASF), Vasil Vasilev, Chairman of the Union of Hunters and Anglers in Bulgaria, told Focus Radio, in reference to the forthcoming opening of the hunting season on 5 October and the measures adopted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
In his words, the state, neither through the budget, nor through the Ministry of Agriculture, nor through the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA), has not provide funds for the implementation of the biosecurity measures, and the funds generated by the hunting groups as non-governmental organisations with voluntary membership are not sufficient. Some of the measures seem problematic to the hunting community. "We are required to test each wild boar sample for ASF virus. This presupposes that the meat and the carcass of the shot animal should be stored until the laboratory results are ready. The hunting groups do not have storage facilities for a longer period of time. It is a point of conflict, and I am not sure the measure could be implemented everywhere in the country," Vasilev explained. He further said that the Union of Hunters and Anglers in Bulgaria would contact the Minister of Agriculture Desislava Taneva for assistance in securing the necessary funds, otherwise the measures could not be implemented.
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Hristo Naydensky, BAS: Creating ASF vaccine is a complex scientific issue as it requires good knowledge of the virus and the host

Hristo Naydensky, BAS: Creating ASF vaccine is a complex scientific issue as it requires good knowledge of the virus and the host

3 October 2019 | 13:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Creating a vaccine against African swine fever (ASF) is a complex scientific issue as it requires a good knowledge of the virus and the host, the director of the Institute of Microbiology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Hristo Naydenski, told Focus Radio.
"Knowing the virus, we have to come up with a strategy what direction should the development of a vaccine take, as from a scientific point of view there are several approaches. We have used one of these approaches to create a vaccine against the classical swine fever. The objective is to create a live vector that carries the viral antigen and can create immunity in animals," Naydensky explained, adding that the approach towards the classical swine fever vaccine could be used as a basis for the ASF vaccine.
"The thematic areas we are developing are very dynamic. In BAS we conducted such studies in the beginning of the 21st century, and now we are entering a more advanced stage, the thematic areas have changed, but if there are a scientific programme and a consortium of scientists who have experience in these fields, such as virologists, monologists and microbiologists, we could start working on such a vaccine," he commented. He further said that so far the development of such a vaccine has not been discussed. After talks with the Minister of Agriculture, Desislava Taneva, it became clear that the ministry at this stage needs results of studies on the role of vectors in the transmission of the virus in the environment, the director of the institute of microbiology summarised.
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Hunting, logging, picking herbs and mushrooms prohibited in radius of 200 sq. km over case of African swine fever in Sliven

Hunting, logging, picking herbs and mushrooms prohibited in radius of 200 sq. km over case of African swine fever in Sliven

1 October 2019 | 14:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Sliven. The Regional Epizootic Commission in Sliven met today to discuss the first case of African swine fever in the region and the order issued by the regional forestry directorate on 30 September, said the press office of the regional administration.
The disease was confirmed by a sample taken from a dead wild pig, discovered by tourists in a ditch near the Sliven village of Sotirya. The infected area covers 200 sq. km around the place and coincides with the Topolchane, Sliven 1 and Sliven 2 hunting reserves.
Topolchane and Sliven 1 hunting reserves include forests, where the order prohibits hunting, logging, picking herbs and mushrooms, and the presence of natural or legal persons for personal or business purposes. The ban is effective until 30 November. The regional directorate of agriculture will inform farmers operating in Sliven 2 (the area is not a forest) about the necessary measures they must observe. The restrictions do not apply to the Karandila locality in Sinite Kamani Nature Park.
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First confirmed case of African swine fever in Sliven

First confirmed case of African swine fever in Sliven

1 October 2019 | 10:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Sliven. Sliven has confirmed the first case of African swine fever (ASF) in the region, Peter Baychev of the Hadzhi Dimitar Agricultural Union told Focus Radio – Sliven.
In his words, the infected dead pig was discovered last week on the road to the village of Sotirya near Sliven, and on Saturday the sampling results were received. The farmer said there was something suspicious about the discovered carcass. "Pigs infected with swine fever look for water, and it is strange how the carcass ended up on a waterless road. If that was sabotage, it is very worrying. There are several large pig farms in Sliven, and if the infection spreads, all breeders will be seriously harmed," said Peter Baychev.
Due to the African swine fever, pork has already increased its price, and this will inevitably increase pork products as well. "On our side the increase is only 5 stotinki, but we keep a low profit. I cannot predict how the others will react," Baychev said.
Currently, a kilogram of pork, live weight, is traded at BGN 2.90, while before the ASF it was BGN 2.60.

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Primary outbreak of African swine fever reported in Momchilgrad

Primary outbreak of African swine fever reported in Momchilgrad

24 September 2019 | 14:07 | FOCUS News Agency
Momchilgrad. A primary outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) was reported in Momchilgrad, said the press office of the Kardzhali Regional Administration.
A “backyard” farm with 10 pigs was affected. The farm in Momchilgrad burned down a week ago. Five of the pigs killed in the fire tested positive for ASF. The Regional Epizootic Commission convened to identify prevention and control measures. It is chaired by Sevda Kamburova in her capacity as acting Regional Governor. A 3-km protection zone around the farm has been identified, which includes Momchilgrad and the villages of Bagryanka, Sedlari, Sokolino and Verhari, as well as a 10-km surveillance zone that includes about 50 settlements in three municipalities – Kardzhali, Momchilgrad and Dzhebel. All domestic pigs in Momchilgrad have been euthanised after the outbreak, according to the Regional Food Safety Directorate. No wild boars have been shot down or trapped and no dead animal have been found. The District Road Administration regularly disinfects rest areas and waste bins, as well as arterial roads. Teams of the Regional Forest Directorate are searching the forests. The epizootic commission has decided to count once again the number of pigs in backyard farms in Kardzhali. Previously, 210 animals were counted. The trade and transport of domestic pigs is prohibited. The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency will organise regular clinical examinations at these small farms to prevent ASF.
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Damyan Damyanov, SSE: Third case of African swine fever confirmed in Blagoevgrad region

Damyan Damyanov, SSE: Third case of African swine fever confirmed in Blagoevgrad region

19 September 2019 | 10:01 | FOCUS News Agency
Blagoevgrad. A third case of African swine fever has been confirmed in the Blagoevgrad region, Damyan Damyanov, Director of Southwestern State Enterprise, told Focus Radio – Pirin.
"A dead pig was found on the border of Pirin National Park on Sunday, which tested positive for African swine fever. Later today, we expect an order from the Food Safety Agency and the Forestry Agency to see what perimeter and what areas will be included. This is a brand new zone of infection,“ Damyanov said, adding that this has been the third case registered on the territory of Blagoevgrad region.
As for the second registered case, established in the area of Sandanski State Forest Enterprise, the infected area covers the territory of four hunting reserves, Damyanov said. According to him, all activities have been suspended in these areas, except urgent ones, which are carried out after permission from the regional epizootic commission.
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Bulgarian Parliament approves on second reading amendments to Hunting and Game Protection Act related to African swine fever

Bulgarian Parliament approves on second reading amendments to Hunting and Game Protection Act related to African swine fever

12 September 2019 | 10:09 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian National Assembly has adopted amendments to the Hunting and Game Protection Act on second reading, a Focus News Agency reporter said. The amendments were tabled by the United Patriots Group and are related to an increase in game reserves and the complicated epizootic situation of spreading African swine fever, which has led to economic losses. The amendments seek a more adequate response to these problems, suggesting a possibility that the time periods for hunting of certain game could be changed by an order of the agriculture minister, depending on the specific situation and after consultation with the environment minister, as part of measures for prevention, containment and eradication of animal diseases.
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PM Boyko Borissov: Bulgarian government has allocated BGN 28 million for payment of compensation and implementation of measures to eradicate African swine fever

PM Boyko Borissov: Bulgarian government has allocated BGN 28 million for payment of compensation and implementation of measures to eradicate African swine fever

10 September 2019 | 13:25 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria has taken all measures to limit the spread of African swine fever (ASF), said Prime Minister Boyko Borissov during his meeting with EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, said the Government press office.
Prime Minister Borissov said a plan drawn up by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests is being implemented, which includes enhanced control of border checkpoints, biosecurity measures in pig farms, awareness campaign, disinfection of areas and products, ongoing epizootic surveillance and reduction of wild boar population.
Prime Minister Borissov further said considerable financial resource is being used to implement the measures in full force, adding that the Bulgarian government has allocated BGN 28 million to pay compensation and implement the measures. He expressed hope that in the shortest possible time the European Commission would start reimbursing the costs incurred by Bulgaria in dealing with animal diseases.
As ASF is not only a regional but also a global problem, the fight against the disease should be coordinated, according to Borissov, who expressed confidence that the expert meeting on ASF, hosted by Sofia, would contribute to the development of a global strategy for the control of the disease.

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Dobrich:  New case of African swine fever in wild boar reported

Dobrich: New case of African swine fever in wild boar reported

10 September 2019 | 12:09 | FOCUS News Agency
Dobrich. A new case of African swine fever in wild boar has been reported in the Dobrich region, said Dr. Borislav Kamenov, Director of the Regional Food Safety Directorate. A regular meeting of the Regional Epizootic Commission was held today, a correspondent of Focus Radio – Varna reported. Of the total of four samples taken from wild pigs found in the Tervel State Forest Enterprise, two tested positive. All necessary measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the disease, said Dr. Kamenov.
The payment of compensation to “backyard” pig farms, which slaughtered their animals, is almost complete. Payments will be made in General Toshevo on Thursday and Friday, and tomorrow payments in Dobrich will be complete. Out of 1,120 applications for financial aid submitted, 1,108 were approved, said Dr. Kamenov. About 800 farms in the region have already received the money. 150 more farms will be paid today and 50 more will receive compensations over the next few days.
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Andrey Novakov, GERB/EPP: By the end of the year at the latest, we expect a decision whether Bulgaria will receive additional funds from the European budget to combat ASF

Andrey Novakov, GERB/EPP: By the end of the year at the latest, we expect a decision whether Bulgaria will receive additional funds from the European budget to combat ASF

9 September 2019 | 10:48 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. By the end of the year at the latest, we expect a decision whether Bulgaria will receive additional funds from the European budget to combat (African swine fever) ASF; measures at European level are needed, MEP from GERB/EPP Andrey Novakov told Focus Radio. Despite the measures taken, it is difficult to be protected against ASF, when the disease is raging in neighbouring countries, he said, adding that the disease is difficult to control because of the free movement of people and goods.
"That is why I believe that these EUR 45 million should be given to the most affected farmers in Bulgaria and the other EU countries. What I have suggested is doubling the Agricultural Crisis Fund from 20 million to 40 million, and increasing the Prevention Fund by another 25 million, to about 170 million. These funds to be used for compensating farmers and taking biosecurity measures in all affected countries from 1 January 2020, we see that we now need measures at the European level to protect the entire continent," Novakov said.
He further said there is no risk that thus Bulgaria will be deprived of other necessary funds, adding that his Romanian counterparts have made similar proposals that have got support.
MEP Andrey Novakov has requested additional funds from the European budget in support of measures against disease.
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Minister Desislava Taneva: Intensity of ASF outbreaks in domestic pigs drastically reduced, 7,430 compensations paid

Minister Desislava Taneva: Intensity of ASF outbreaks in domestic pigs drastically reduced, 7,430 compensations paid

5 September 2019 | 15:25 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The intensity of ASF outbreaks in domestic pigs has been drastically reduced, 7,430 compensations have been paid, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva said, responding to a question in Parliament about compensating farmers for losses caused by African swine fever, Focus News Agency reported.
"As far as the current situation is concerned, 35 are the total registered outbreaks, with 33 in domestic pigs, two in Eastern Balkan pigs, in the Shumen region. Of these, seven are in industrial farms, three in family farms, and 23 in “backyard” farms. The total number of animals affected is 131,961, of which 161 are of the Eastern Balkan breed. At present the only farm where not all pigs have been culled yet is Golyamo Vranovo, with 1,000 sows and 3,600 piglets remaining.”
“For 22 days we have no registered outbreak in domestic swine. For the last 40 days, of all these 33 outbreaks, or as of August 1, we have registered only one outbreak in domestic swine and two in the Eastern Balkan breed. The measures we have taken, although extremely severe and unpopular, have undoubtedly been a factor in this reduction,” Taneva said.
To date, 7,430 applicants, in 90 municipalities and 562 settlements, have received compensation totalling BGN 2,229,000, said Taneva, adding that the payments will continue.
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Parliament adopts on first reading amendments to the Hunting and Game Protection Act because of African swine fever

Parliament adopts on first reading amendments to the Hunting and Game Protection Act because of African swine fever

5 September 2019 | 14:17 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Parliament has adopted amendments to the Hunting and Game Protection Act on first reading, Focus News Agency said. The changes were tabled by the United Patriots Group and are related to an increase in game reserves and the complicated epizootic situation of spreading African swine fever and sustained economic losses in the country. The amendments seek a more adequate response to these problems, suggesting a possibility that the time periods for hunting of certain game could be changed by an order of the agriculture minister depending on the specific situation and after consultation with the environment minister, as part of measures for prevention, containment and eradication of animal diseases.
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Vladimir Gerbelov, Smolyan’s Deputy Regional Governor: New case of African swine fever in wild boar found near Mihalkovo village

Vladimir Gerbelov, Smolyan’s Deputy Regional Governor: New case of African swine fever in wild boar found near Mihalkovo village

3 September 2019 | 16:46 | FOCUS News Agency
Smolyan. A new case of African swine fever has been reported in the area of Vacha Dam near the village of Mihalkovo, Deputy Regional Governor Vladimir Gerbelov said at the weekly meeting of the Permanent Regional Epizootic Commission in Smolyan, Focus Radio – Smolyan reported.
The positive test of a dead wild boar found by a tourist was reported just before the meeting, Gerbelov said. "An official order for limiting the access to the area is expected. This is of concern to us as the infected area may include quite a number of villages such as Stomanovo, Selcha, Mihalkovo, Osikovo and Churekovo in Devin municipality, as well as part of the neighbouring region of Pazardzhik. We have to be careful. There are no other positive samples in other parts of the Smolyan region, except for those from the beginning of August," the deputy governor explained. He further said that 17 wild pigs were shot dead last week, and no positive tests have been reported.
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Dobri Belivanov, Mayor of Haskovo: No case of African swine fever in the municipality

Dobri Belivanov, Mayor of Haskovo: No case of African swine fever in the municipality

3 September 2019 | 11:12 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. No case of African swine fever has been reported in Haskovo Municipality, Mayor Dobri Belivanov told Focus Radio. In his words, all necessary biosecurity measures have been taken. "According to the instructions, we asked the mayors of the villages in the 20km zone to take the necessary measures. The residents who had pigs slaughtered them. Some bought new freezers to store the meat. The only pig farm in the municipality, the one in the village of Klokotnitsa, has taken all precautionary measures prescribed by the supervising authorities," the mayor added. He further said that requests for payment of compensations have been sent to the district administration and that the farmers who have fulfilled the requirements will receive the promised amount.
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Shumen: Two outbreaks of African swine fever in East-Balkan pigs declared in Smyadovo and Veselinovo

Shumen: Two outbreaks of African swine fever in East-Balkan pigs declared in Smyadovo and Veselinovo

2 September 2019 | 15:50 | FOCUS News Agency
Shumen. Two outbreaks of African swine fever in pigs of East-Balkan Swine breed have been declared in Smyadovo and Veselinovo, Deputy Governor of Shumen Petko Sherenkov told Focus Radio – Shumen.
The samples that were sent tested positive for the disease. In the outbreak in Smyadovo, 103 pigs were culled and buried at a designated place, in coordination with authorities. By midday today, another 58 animals from the village of Veselinovo had also been buried. Data shows that 16 herds with 1,440 pigs of the Eastern Balkan breed are raised in the region. "The peculiarity of this breed is that the pigs are free-ranging, the animals are outdoors year-round and get 70-80% of their food in this way. The breed is extremely valuable genetically, with its full adaptability to the local climatic conditions, we must do whatever it takes to preserve it," said Petko Sherenkov.
According to the regulations, owners are required to build temporary enclosures in a grazing area to house the pigs at night, in situations of increased epizootic risk, animals should be kept at these temporary enclosures for extended periods of time, without grazing.
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One-off compensation of BGN 300 to farms that voluntarily slaughtered pigs amid ASF outbreak to be paid as of today

One-off compensation of BGN 300 to farms that voluntarily slaughtered pigs amid ASF outbreak to be paid as of today

2 September 2019 | 10:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The payment of one-off compensation of BGN 300 per farm in 21 regions is starting today, said the press office of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency.
It will be done according to a schedule coordinated with the mayors of the settlements. The compensation is for people who have voluntarily slaughtered their pigs as part of the measures to control African swine fever.
The payment will start in the regions of: Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin, Vratsa, Dobrich, Kyustendil, Lovech, Montana, Pazardzhik, Pernik, Pleven, Plovdiv, Razgrad, Ruse, Silistra, Smolyan, Sofia city, Sofia, Targovishte , Shumen and Haskovo. In some municipalities payments will continue in the days after 2 September. In the regions of Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Gabrovo, Sliven, Stara Zagora and Yambol, the payment will start after 2 September. Payments will not take place only in Kardzhali, as the region has not made any claims for compensations.
Farmers with up to 5 pigs raised for meat, who cleaned and disinfected their “backyard” farms after voluntarily slaughtering their pigs and using the meat only personally, are entitled to compensation.
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Angel Angelov, Regional Directorate of Forests - Lovech: New case of African swine fever in wild boar registered in Ralevo village

Angel Angelov, Regional Directorate of Forests - Lovech: New case of African swine fever in wild boar registered in Ralevo village

29 August 2019 | 13:20 | FOCUS News Agency
Pleven. A new case of African swine fever has been registered after samples of a wild boar found in the village of Ralevo tested positive, Angel Angelov, Deputy Director of the Regional Directorate of Forests - Lovech, told Focus Radio.
"A sample from a dead wild boar tested positive for ASF, the carcass was found in the land of Ralevo village, the hunting area of the Laskar Hunting and Fishing Association," said Angelov. The access to the forest has been banned for a period of three months. It involves the hunting and fishing territories of several hunting and fishing associations, he said.
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Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov: I thank the people who were not misled by the populist talk of the opposition about African swine fever

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov: I thank the people who were not misled by the populist talk of the opposition about African swine fever

28 August 2019 | 15:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Plovdiv. With BGN 29 million we helped the Ministry of Agriculture to pay benefits, compensations and everything related to the implementation of measures to combat African swine fever, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told reporters at the Maltepe excavations, Focus Radio – Plovdiv reported.
"Arrangements have been made for the fastest possible payment, with gratitude to all those residents of the rural areas who were not misled by the populist talk of the opposition," Borissov said. He said the compensations will be paid at the prices at which the farmers were selling the meat. He further said that if the earmarked funds do not suffice, the government will allocate more. In addition, farmers will receive BGN 300 for disinfecting their backyards. The payment will start on September 1, the prime minister said.
He examined the archaeological excavations of Maltepe near Plovdiv, noting that we have wonderful archaeologists that the government will always support.
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Minister Desislava Taneva: In the past 2 weeks no new ASF outbreaks in domestic pigs reported

Minister Desislava Taneva: In the past 2 weeks no new ASF outbreaks in domestic pigs reported

28 August 2019 | 12:11 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. In the past 2 weeks no new outbreaks of African swine fever in domestic pigs have been reported, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva said at a press briefing at the Council of Ministers on the situation of the disease in the country, a Focus News Agency reporter said.
"For the whole month of August we have had five registered outbreaks. In July, they were 28. The trend towards a sharp decline is obvious," Taneva said. She recalled that there have been 52 cases of African swine fever in wild boar. "In connection with these cases, a total of 43 infected zones have been declared in 10 regions so far," Minister Taneva said, adding that a plan is in place for reduction in wild boar population. “As of now, 450 traps have been set and based on the results of individual shootings, we have a decrease of nearly 2,000 in the wild boar population," she said.
In her words, a commission of experts from the European Commission is assisting with checking and revising the implementation of measures against the disease. "We are preparing the 14th annual ASF expert meeting, Commissioner Andriukaitis has confirmed his participation in the opening on September 10. We expect five ministers from Europe as well," Taneva said.
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Minister Desislava Taneva: BGN 28 million allocated to fight African swine fever

Minister Desislava Taneva: BGN 28 million allocated to fight African swine fever

28 August 2019 | 11:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Ministry of Agriculture will receive BGN 28 million to pay compensations and everything related to the measures against African swine fever implemented by the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva said at a press briefing at the Council of Ministers, a Focus News Agency reporter said.
"All measures implemented by the veterinary authorities are measures under the European Union's strategy against African swine fever of 2015," Taneva said, adding that these funds are part of the overall costs. "These funds are part of a total estimated cost of nearly EUR 23 million," said Minister Taneva. She further said that these funds are expected to be co-financed by the European Commission by around 75%. "The funds will be paid as compensation for the animals affected, for the costs of disinfection, for the raw materials destroyed and everything related to the implementation of measures to combat the African swine fever," Taneva explained. She recalled that there have been a total of 33 outbreaks of African swine fever in domestic pigs to date.
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Veliko Tarnovo: Over 2,000 farmers to receive one-off support of BGN 300 for voluntarily slaughtering their pigs

Veliko Tarnovo: Over 2,000 farmers to receive one-off support of BGN 300 for voluntarily slaughtering their pigs

28 August 2019 | 10:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Veliko Tarnovo. Over 2,000 farmers who voluntarily slaughtered their backyard pigs will receive a one-off payment of BGN 300. This was decided by the Regional Epizootic Commission at its regular meeting, said the Regional Administration - Veliko Tarnovo.
As of today, officials of the Regional Food Safety Directorate will start inspections to verify that the information submitted by “backyard” farmers is correct, if it does not get confirmed, the funds will not be paid. In order to receive the compensation, the owner must clean and disinfect their farms and declare that they will not raise pigs for at least 12 months after the latest disinfection. In the coming days, it will become clear how the funds will be paid.
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Georgi Chobanov, BFSA: As of now, 50 cases of African swine fever in wild boar

Georgi Chobanov, BFSA: As of now, 50 cases of African swine fever in wild boar

27 August 2019 | 09:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. As of now, there have been 50 cases of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar, said Georgi Chobanov, Director of the Animal Health and Welfare and Feed Controls with the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA), in an interview with the Bulgarian National Television.
He said in outbreaks of contagious animal diseases, many parts of the population sustain losses. "The idea of preventing an infectious disease is to get ahead of the disease," Chobanov said, adding that that did not happen with the African swine fever. "The African swine fever is widespread, the good news is there are only two cases of wild boars in the Razgrad region," he said.
Chobanov also commented on the severity of the disease which affects the entire community, "it also affects consumers". He further said ASF main impact is the anxiety it creates, rather than really changing people’s habits.
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Vratsa: 1,548 owners to receive one-off compensation of BGN 300 for animals slaughtered because of African swine fever

Vratsa: 1,548 owners to receive one-off compensation of BGN 300 for animals slaughtered because of African swine fever

26 August 2019 | 15:49 | FOCUS News Agency
Vratsa. 1,548 owners will receive a one-off compensation of BGN 300 for their animals slaughtered because of African swine fever, said Vratsa Regional Administration.
At its meeting today, the Regional Epizootic Commission approved the lists of the farmers who voluntarily slaughtered their backyard pigs in a radius of 20 km around the industrial farm in Chiren. According to the data, the preventive measure was carried out in 53 settlements, and a total of 1,548 owners will receive a one-off compensation of BGN 300, summed up the chairman of the meeting, Deputy Regional Governor Miroslav Komitski.
Starting tomorrow, 27 August 2019, owners can submit claims declaring that they have slaughtered their pigs raised for meat at their private farms, which have been disinfected. The owner must also declare that they will not start raising pigs for a period of at least 12 months after the latest disinfection, and without registering the farm. All this should be certified by the mayor of the relevant settlement.
At the meeting, Deputy Regional Governor Miroslav Komitski pointed out that the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests and the scientific community continued with their information campaign regarding the African swine fever, aiming to make more farmers aware of the risk of the disease and measures to prevent it from spreading.
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Varna: New case of African swine fever confirmed in Osenovo village

Varna: New case of African swine fever confirmed in Osenovo village

23 August 2019 | 15:55 | FOCUS News Agency
Varna. A new case of African swine fever has been confirmed after a dead wild boar was found in the village of Osenovo, Dr. Zlatina Dimova, Director of the Regional Food Safety Directorate told Focus Radio – Varna.
Restriction signs will be erected near the place where the dead animal was found. Other measures include restricting the access to the area. No hunting, picking herbs and mushrooms or hiking should be carried out within the eight-kilometre area. The measures will be in force until October 21, according to the order of the director of the Regional Forest Directorate.
Dr. Dimova also said that unregistered domestic pigs were found in 71 backyards in the Varna region. They had not been voluntarily slaughtered by their owners who will now be sanctioned.
"Unregistered animals have been kept in 71 backyards. However, sanctions will not be imposed on all of them as some are now under registration procedure," Dr. Dimova explained.
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Ruse: Three new cases of African swine fever in wild boar in Prosena, Mechka and Pisanets

Ruse: Three new cases of African swine fever in wild boar in Prosena, Mechka and Pisanets

22 August 2019 | 12:50 | FOCUS News Agency
Ruse. Three new cases of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar have been reported in the villages of Prosena, Mechka and Pisanets. Deputy Regional Governor of Ruse Svilen Ivanov together with Dr. Nikolay Nenov of the regional directorate for food safety held a meeting of the permanent interdepartmental regional epizootic commission to discuss the complicated situation of the African swine fever in the region, said the press office of the regional administration in Ruse.
A new outbreak of the disease at an industrial pig farm was found in the village of Karamanovo this week, bringing the number of affected industrial farms in the region to four. As of yesterday, the culling of all 4,500 pigs has begun. Also, since Monday, three new cases of infected wild boar have been reported in the villages of Prosena, Mechka and Pisanets.
A detailed biosecurity analysis of the affected pig farms is being carried out to ensure that all necessary measures will be taken before restarting the farms. A team from Germany that is assisting will prepare a detailed assessment of all affected industrial farms in northern Bulgaria.
The total number of pigs euthanised is 70,440, excluding the animals slaughtered yesterday at the farm in Karamanovo.
It is important to note that the current trend at the national level is towards an increase in the incidence of African swine fever.
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Bulgarian Food Safety Agency: One-off payment of BGN 300 per farm to start as of 1 September

Bulgarian Food Safety Agency: One-off payment of BGN 300 per farm to start as of 1 September

21 August 2019 | 13:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. As of 1 September 2019, a one-off payment of BGN 300 will be given to farmers who took measures for cleaning and disinfecting their “backyard” farms after voluntary slaughtering their pigs as prevention against the spread of African swine fever, said the press office of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency .
Farms in the 20 km sanitary zone around industrial farms and those identified as having high epizootic risk by the regional epizootic committees will be entitled to compensation. Eligible owners are those who raised up to five pigs for meat and the meat was for personal use only and not sold on the market. They must be included in a list drawn up by the mayor and certified by 26 August 2019. The document certified by the regional governor and by the official veterinarian will be submitted to the regional epizootic committee.
Applications for the compensation will be submitted to the mayoralties. The owner also must declare that they will not keep pigs for at least 12 months after the disinfection.
The mayors will make public the lists of farmers who qualify as eligible.


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Damyan Damyanov, SSE: New case of African swine fever registered in Vitoshko-Studena State Game Reserve

Damyan Damyanov, SSE: New case of African swine fever registered in Vitoshko-Studena State Game Reserve

21 August 2019 | 10:53 | FOCUS News Agency
Blagoevgrad. A new case of African swine fever has been registered in Vitosko-Studena State Game Reserve, Damyan Damyanov, Director of Southwestern State Enterprise, told Focus Radio-Pirin.
In his words, the cases on the territory of the enterprise are now four: this new case and the old ones in Iskar State Game Reserve, Sofia State Forest Enterprise and Elin Pelin State Forest Enterprise.
Damyanov said no dead carcasses were found, the wild pig in question was caught in a trap and the sample tested positive. As the test result was received yesterday, today the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and the Executive Forest Agency will issue orders, identifying the infected area in a radius of 200 sq. km and the areas where hunting or access will be prohibited or restricted as much as possible, he said.
Since the beginning of August, 136 wild boars have been shot dead on the territories of the Southwestern State Enterprise and about 52-53 boars in areas belonging to hunting associations, Damyanov said. Hunters have made more than 500 searches in their hunting areas for wild boar carcasses, and searches in state game reserves have been 230, he said, adding that hunters have set 50 traps, while in the state-owned areas the traps are 90.
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Pazardzhik: Second outbreak of African swine fever in Alabak State Forest Enterprise

Pazardzhik: Second outbreak of African swine fever in Alabak State Forest Enterprise

20 August 2019 | 13:28 | FOCUS News Agency
Pazardzhik. A second outbreak of African swine fever has been registered in Alabak State Forest Enterprise, Pazardzhik Regional Governor Stefan Mirev said after a meeting of the Regional Epizootic Commission, Focus Radio – Pazardzhik reported.
Mirev said a sample of a second dead pig found in the Velingrad region on the territory of Alabak State Forest Enterprise tested positive. "It is the second outbreak of African swine fever in the region of Velingrad. At the meeting, we made a thorough analysis and discussed all measures taken by the competent institutions. They are the same as those with the first outbreak. Today, an order will be issued by the director of the regional forestry department, which will ban access to the infected area. It will prohibit logging, mushroom picking, hiking and any activities that could spread the infection," Stefan Mirev explained.
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Blagoevgrad: First case of African swine fever in the region reported

Blagoevgrad: First case of African swine fever in the region reported

15 August 2019 | 14:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Blagoevgrad. The first case of African swine fever was reported in Blagoevgrad region, a dead pig found in Kresna tested positive. This transpired during an extraordinary meeting of the epizootic commission called by the Blagoevgrad regional governor, Focus Radio – Pirin reported.
The infected animal was found in the Struma river near the town. The authorities are trying to identify the owner of the dead pig, said Dr. Mihail Bashtavelov, director of the Blagoevgrad Regional Directorate for Food Safety. It is not clear how the animal ended up in the river, he said.
Dr. Bashtavelov said to prevent the disease from spreading, all farmers in the region are advised to slaughter their pigs so that they can use the meat.
He further said that wild boars are almost daily tested for ASF and so far all samples have been negative. “At this point I still cannot say how the disease had entered Kresna. It's personally inexplicable to me," said he.
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Deputy Minister Atanas Dobrev: With the new outbreaks, the cases of African swine fever in wild boar are now 32

Deputy Minister Atanas Dobrev: With the new outbreaks, the cases of African swine fever in wild boar are now 32

14 August 2019 | 08:48 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. With the new outbreaks, the cases of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar are now 32, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Atanas Dobrev told the Bulgarian National Television.
Without the commitment of the whole Bulgarian community, no good results could be expected, he said.
"With the new cases there are a total of 32 cases of ASF in wild pigs. Unfortunately, the spread of the disease reaches its peak in the months of July and August. When cases of ASF are detected, by order of the minister of agriculture, a 200-km zone is set in which all activities in the forests are prohibited. These include hunting, logging, mushroom picking, hiking. Everything is done preventively so that people cannot enter and spread the disease to larger areas," the deputy minister said.
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Georgi Kostov: Bulgaria observes all regulations of EU ASF roadmap

Georgi Kostov: Bulgaria observes all regulations of EU ASF roadmap

13 August 2019 | 14:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria is now fully observing the regulations laid down in the European roadmap for the fight against African swine fever (ASF). Thirty-two cases of ASF in wild boar have been confirmed in different areas in the country. Around each location an area of 200 sq. km has been set, in which all forest activities are prohibited by order of the minister, Assoc. Prof. Georgi Kostov, advisor to the minister of agriculture, told the Bulgarian National Radio.
He said the regional epizootic committees could decide on so-called "urgent" activities, but logging is not urgent in mid-summer.
These areas have been marked by state forest enterprises and regional forestry directorates but some contractors seem to be unaware of that and therefore on-site checks have been taking place since yesterday, Kostov said, “if the order is not executed, we are in danger of compromising the measures.”
There is no ban on logging in Kardzhali, Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad, Stara Zagora and Sofia. In other areas the ban is not total, but affects certain areas - mostly in Northern Bulgaria - in the regions of Ruse, Montana, Silistra. These areas are marked and entry is allowed only for persons who search for dead wild pigs, as the dead animals are a major source of infection, the expert explained.

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Dobri Belivanov, Mayor of Haskovo: No cases of ASF found in the municipality

Dobri Belivanov, Mayor of Haskovo: No cases of ASF found in the municipality

9 August 2019 | 16:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. No cases of African swine fever have been reported on the territory of Haskovo Municipality, Mayor Dobri Belivanov told Focus Radio.
He said preventive measures have been taken in the area. "We held a meeting of the Regional Epizootic Commission a couple of days ago. We ordered the mayors within the 10 km zone all necessary measures. We had meetings with people. A committee of the Regional Food Safety Directorate continues to make on-site visits,” the mayor explained. In his words, all pigs in the village of Klokotnitsa have been slaughtered. The collection of information on the number of pigs raised in the villages continues. "The state's response is adequate, but preventive measures should have been taken once the problem in Romania occurred. The crisis would not have been on such a scale,” Belivanov said. He also said the municipality has been in constant communication with the institutions about measures to be taken and monitors their implementation.

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Shumen: ASF confirmed in dead wild boar in Varbitsa

Shumen: ASF confirmed in dead wild boar in Varbitsa

9 August 2019 | 10:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Shumen. The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) has confirmed new cases of African swine fever in wild boar in three regions, the BFSA said on its website. Two dead wild boars were found in Zmeitsa village in the region of Smolyan. A dead wild boar was also found in Varbitsa, Shumen region, and in Novo Gradishte, Veliko Tarnovo region. All samples were confirmed positive for the African swine fever (ASF) virus by the National Reference Laboratory at the National Diagnostic Research Veterinary Institute in Sofia on Thursday. These are the first positive samples in wild boar for Shumen and Smolyan. The BFSA urges the community to be responsive and responsible to the serious epizootic situation and to implement the prevention and biosecurity measures.
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Minister Desislava Taneva: To date, there are 30 outbreaks of African swine fever in domestic swine

Minister Desislava Taneva: To date, there are 30 outbreaks of African swine fever in domestic swine

9 August 2019 | 10:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. To date, there are 30 outbreaks of African swine fever in domestic swine, in Northern Bulgaria mainly, of which six in industrial farms, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva told Friday Bulgarian National Television.
27 July was the last date when an outbreak in domestic swine was established. The new cases, including the latest three of last night, were found in wild boar, Minister Taneva said. She gave an example of the fight against the swine fever in the Czech Republic, where all pig raising is done only under the conditions of biosecurity measures. “We also need to comply with them if we want to have local production. Adopting these biosecurity measures, where they are missing, and with the necessary registrations afterwards of these farms – it is neither difficult nor expensive. We are in communication to get support in this respect, to help the farmers," Minister Taneva explained. The purpose of the ministry is that the subsequent repopulation is done with the appropriate biosecurity measures. "After that the risk of spread, contamination, economic losses is greatly reduced, and in such cases, lost animals will be compensated for under the European and national laws," Taneva explained.
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Disinfection stations set up in areas infected with African swine fever, says Bulgarian Minister Neno Dimov

Disinfection stations set up in areas infected with African swine fever, says Bulgarian Minister Neno Dimov

8 August 2019 | 15:56 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. In crisis areas infected with African swine fever, disinfection stations have been set up as transportation is the most serious way of transmitting the disease, Minister of Environment and Water Neno Dimov told the Bulgarian National Television.
The sites for disposal of euthanised pigs are chosen very carefully to avoid further risk: not in close proximity to drinking water areas or protected areas, without high groundwater, the minister said. “We carefully monitor through the basin directorates and local inspections where these animals are buried to minimise the risk. There are also requirements and regulations as to what to use as an insulating layer in burial," said Minister Dimov.
"In crisis areas, we have set up disinfection stations as transportation is the most serious way of transmitting the disease, and mobile incinerators are not enough. At this stage, the only possible option is burial," the minister said.
In his words, the animals that need to be burned in Northern Bulgaria are in a large number and it is not clear what the consequences would be. "So far there is no possibility of burning the animals. We are doing the best we can," Dimov said.
"I have secured funding for the national parks to set up traps for wild pigs, which at this stage is the most effective way since the hunting season has not yet begun. We are working in close cooperation with the agriculture ministry to reduce the wild boar population before the start of the hunting season," the minister said. In his words, the European regulations stipulate that the population should fall below 0.3 per hectare, which will be sought-after effect during the hunting season.
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Minister Desislava Taneva: I am not worried about EC audit related to ASF

Minister Desislava Taneva: I am not worried about EC audit related to ASF

7 August 2019 | 11:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. I am not worried about the audit of the European Commission (EC) related to the African swine fever (ASF), Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva said in an interview with the Bulgarian National Radio, referring to the forthcoming audit of the EC in Bulgaria in the period 21 September - 3 October.
She said the measures implemented by Bulgaria to tackle the ASF virus were approved by the Commission. "The experts who visited us changed the plan for the wild boar and we changed the implemented measures," the minister explained.
Regarding the tensions over backyard farms, Taneva said according to Commissioner Andriukaitis, illegal farms were not a topic for the EC, as “They should not exist at all”. The minister further said that the Commissioner nevertheless showed understanding regarding unregistered small farms without biosecurity measures. "The Commissioner listened to us, the measures we were proposing to achieve a specific European goal in fight against ASF, which is biosecurity," Taneva said, adding that the prevention plan for 2020 will include measures aimed at biosecurity of small farms. "We will have to protect them and find their motivation in European veterinary legislation in order to receive this support," she said.
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Blagoevgrad: First case of African swine fever in southwestern Bulgaria found in Iskar Hunting Farm

Blagoevgrad: First case of African swine fever in southwestern Bulgaria found in Iskar Hunting Farm

6 August 2019 | 09:54 | FOCUS News Agency
Blagoevgrad. The first case of African swine fever in southwestern Bulgaria was found in the Iskar Hunting Farm in Samokov region, Director of Southwest State Enterprise Damyan Damyanov told Focus Radio – Pirin.
He said a carcass of a wild boar was found at the farm on Friday, 2 August. "Unfortunately, the sample taken from carcass was positive for African swine fever. Currently, we have restricted the access to the farm and only its employees are allowed in. We have taken the necessary measures to limit the disease, one of which is the intense shooting of feral pigs. We take the necessary samples from the animals and carry them for testing to see the dynamics of the disease," said Damyanov, stressing that so far no other dead animals have been found on the premises. He also noted that there are no cases of ASF in Blagoevgrad and Kyustendil regions yet.
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Mika Zaykova, financial expert: About 20,000 – 25,000 Bulgarians have lost their jobs because of African swine fever

Mika Zaykova, financial expert: About 20,000 – 25,000 Bulgarians have lost their jobs because of African swine fever

5 August 2019 | 13:31 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Some 20,000 – 25,000 people in Bulgaria have already lost their jobs because of African swine fever, financial expert Mika Zaykova said in an interview with Focus News Agency, commenting on the economic consequences the disease.
The unemployment in the country is no longer 5%, and their number might rise further, they all will ask for unemployment benefits, the expert explained.
Zaykova also commented on the rise in the price of pork, "For now, it has been between 7 and 10%, but experts project that its price will rise up to 10, 20, 30%.”
She further said Bulgaria can now expect its trading partners to stop buying Bulgarian pork despite the fact the ASF is not harmful to humans. “But people are already afraid. They will terminate their contracts, and rightfully so. This is an extremely big loss," she said, adding that the estimated BGN 2 billion that the country faces losing is not the final figure as if the disease crosses the Stara Planina mountain and reaches to south Bulgaria, the whole pig farming industry will “go to rack and ruin”.




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