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Regional Food Safety Directorate -Veliko Tarnovo checks all backyard farms for infection of African swine fever

Regional Food Safety Directorate -Veliko Tarnovo checks all backyard farms for infection of African swine fever

15 January 2020 | 16:38 | FOCUS News Agency
Veliko Tarnovo. The Regional Commission for the control of epizootic situations in the region of Veliko Tarnovo had its first meeting for 2020, the Regional Administration told Focus Radio -Veliko Tarnovo.

The Director of the Regional Food Safety in Veliko Tarnovo, Dr. Stanimir Spasov, informed the commission members about the current situation concerning African swine fever. He said in the Veliko Tarnovo region, domestic pigs are rarely raised and because of that lack of susceptible domestic animals, no cases of the disease have been reported among them. However, the virus was found in wild boar. By order of the Executive Director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency the movement of live animals has been banned, said Dr. Spasov.

The commission decided to convene all municipal epizootic commissions to introduce the necessary measures and receive feedback. All mayors should set up standing committees to designate animal burial sites. Checks will be carried out on all backyard farms in all settlements in the region and violations will be punished by maximum fines. The checks will continue throughout the year.

Meetings of the Regional Epizootic Commission will be held at least twice a month, or weekly, if necessary.
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Animals of Brestak pig farm to be euthanized

Animals of Brestak pig farm to be euthanized

13 January 2020 | 13:55 | FOCUS News Agency
Varna. As of today, the animals from the pig farm in the village of Brestak, Varna, will be euthanized, after an infection with African swine fever virus was confirmed, Regional Governor Stoyan Pasev and Dr Georgi Chobanov of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency said at a press conference, Focus Radio-Varna reported. Nearly 40,000 pigs at the farm will be slaughtered in the next 10 to 14 days.

The carcasses of the animals will be buried at a different location than the one originally intended. According to the governor, during excavation on Saturday, workers hit a rock and detect a gas pipeline nearby the site. This necessitated an urgent selection of a new site, also in an immediate vicinity of the pig farm. It covers an area of over 350 decares and is state-owned. Approximately 30 decares of it are forestry and clearings, and thus agricultural land, meadows and pastures will not be affected.

According to Stoyan Pasev, the Basin Directorate in Pleven urgently issued an opinion on Saturday stating that the new location was suitable for the purpose and the digging started the next day.

How the infection entered the farm is not clear yet, Dr. Chobanov commented. It is yet to be established whether it was related to the case found in a barn of the same company in the village of Nikola Kozlevo.
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Nearly 40,000 pigs from a farm in Brestak near Varna to be euthanised

Nearly 40,000 pigs from a farm in Brestak near Varna to be euthanised

9 January 2020 | 15:33 | FOCUS News Agency
Varna. By the end of this week, the euthanisation of the pigs in a farm in Brestak near Varna, will begin, Regional Governor Stoyan Pasev said at a press conference today, Radio Focus – Varna reported. According to Pasev, the farm where the African swine fever virus has been confirmed has been raising nearly 40,000 animals. There is no danger to people, but to prevent the spread of the infection, the carcasses will be buried in a designated site in close proximity to the farm, the governor said.

Yesterday at 5:30 pm a partial state of emergency was declared in the village of Brestak and the neighbouring General Kiselovo. A three-kilometre sanitary zone was set. Several checkpoints were set up jointly with the law enforcement agencies so as not to allow pork meat to be imported or exported.

In addition, in the 20 km area around the village, backyard farms will be checked for unregistered animals. The partial state of emergency will be lifted only after all animals have been euthanised and buried. It is expected to happen by the end of next week.
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Dr. Georgi Chobanov, BFSA: African swine fever will continue to spread until we learn how to protect ourselves from it

Dr. Georgi Chobanov, BFSA: African swine fever will continue to spread until we learn how to protect ourselves from it

9 January 2020 | 12:40 | FOCUS News Agency
Varna. “After the confirmation of new cases of African swine fever in Bulgaria, we cannot say that a new wave of disease is starting. Since its entry into Bulgaria, it has been spreading and will continue to spread for a long time until we learn how to protect ourselves from it,” Dr. Georgi Chobanov, Director of the Directorate for Animal Health, Welfare and Feed Control at the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA), said at a press conference, Radio Focus – Varna reported. Dr. Chobanov presented more information on the new outbreak in the pig farm in the village of Brestak.

The expert explained that the diagnosis at the pig farm in Brestak has been confirmed and there is technological connection with the case in Nikola Kozlevo, since the farms where the animals are kept belong to one company. But where the infection first appeared is yet to be determined. Whether the virus entered the two farms independently or was transmitted will also be clarified from here on. The measures that will be taken from now on are the standard ones. "The overall aim is to keep the infection inside the pig farm and not let it infect other farms. Pigs should not be bred in neighbouring villages, and if so, it should be regulated, in line with the rules; the farms should be registered and comply with biosecurity. This should prevent them from getting infected. The rules must be observed in this country," Dr. Chobanov commented.

According to him, wherever the African plague has entered Europe, it continues to exist. Only in the Czech Republic, where the disease was localised in a small restricted forest area without the presence of intensive pig farming, the problem was overcome. "But they took measures, invested funds and the disease remained only in the wild boar sector," the BFSA expert explained.
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Second case of African swine fever registered in Gorna Oryahovitsa municipality

Second case of African swine fever registered in Gorna Oryahovitsa municipality

20 December 2019 | 15:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Veliko Tarnovo. A second case of African swine fever was registered in the municipality of Gorna Oryahovitsa. By an Order of the Executive Director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency of 17 December, a primary case of the disease was declared in the village of Varbitsa, the local administration told Focus Radio - Veliko Tarnovo. A document has been issued to identify the hunting areas within the infected zone and the respective subzones. Additional information is available on the website of Gorna Oryahovitsa municipality.
The State Forestry Regional Division has announced a hotline 0885 825 600 to report or receive information regarding African swine fever.
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Measures against African swine fever continue in Kyustendil region

Measures against African swine fever continue in Kyustendil region

16 December 2019 | 17:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Kyustendil. Bulgaria’s Kyustendil region continues to implement measures against African swine fever, the Regional Epizootic Commission told Focus Radio – Kyustendil. No new cases of the disease have been reported since 21 November 2019. Samples of wild boars shot have been sent weekly. In total, over 650 samples have been sent for laboratory tests since the start of the hunting season, only two were positive. No infected domestic pigs have been reported either. The measures continue to be implemented as by the order of Kyustendil Regional Governor Viktor Yanev.

Backyard and small-scale keepers, who slaughtered their pigs, will be allowed to start raising pigs again from 1 September 2020. All owners wishing to raise pigs must start a procedure for registration of their farms in the period from 1 January to 1 September 2020 in accordance with Art. 137 of the Veterinary Medicine Act. The farms must comply with biosecurity measures to be registered.

During this period, the owners should build suitable premises, be ready to register their farms and only then buy pigs. Small private pig farms will be able to raise up to three pigs, but no sows, which will be raised on registered family farms.
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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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