Sarawak takes action to fight African Swine Fever

by BERNAMA/ pic by BERNAMA

The Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVSS) has taken several measures in its effort to fight the African Swine Fever (ASF).

ASF has severely hit the pig production in China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea and South Korea. Malaysia is at high risk if control measures are not taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

In a statement today, DVSS said it has been conducting several sessions with stakeholders in the state since August.

“Coming up with awareness campaigns and enforcing regulatory measures (banning import of pigs and pork products from affected countries).

“DVSS also discourages small-time farmers from feeding kitchen waste to their pigs,” it said.

“The regulatory division of DVVS will continue to enforce the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance 1999 to ensure pork and pork products are only imported from ASF-free countries.

“All imports must have the import permit. Those caught smuggling pork and pork products will be severely dealt with,” he said.

To date, DVVS has confiscated 126 kg of pork products brought in by travellers at the Kuching International Airport.