For Russian pig farming 2013 was the worst year in terms of the fight against African Swine Fever (ASF) with a record number of outbreaks of the disease registered in the country.
If the situation continues to deteriorate just as quickly, it can lead to the complete destruction of Russian pig farming, according to the Deputy Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Nikolai Vlasov.
"The situation with ASF continues to deteriorate and deteriorate quickly," he said at a meeting of the Federation Council Committee on Agriculture, Food Policy and the Environment.
Vlasov said this yearin Russia 89 outbreaks has been registered. "These figures were never so high," he said.
He also added that currently in Russia two so-called endemic sources of ASF has been registered - one in the southern part of the Rostov region, the second - around Tver region, which are actively expanding. Moreover, in the second case the disease has gone beyond the borders of the Tver region and covered five areas, as well as Belarus. "The entire territory of the Russian Federation will be identified as disadvantaged and traditional pig farming as the result would become impossible," said the deputy head of Rosselkhoznadzor.
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