The sixth outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the last month in Russia and the fifth in the Krasnodar region has been detected a few days ago.
According to the official statement by Rosselkhoznadzor, the ASF virus was found on a private farm "Pobeda", which has 7600 pigs.
According Rosselkhoznadzor’s press service, the Briukhovetsky district is where the virus this time has been registered – it contains 39 600 pigs while individual sectors have about 5900 heads. A special commission of Rosselkhoznadzor will decide how many animals will be destroyed.
According to Rosstat, the number of pigs in the Krasnodar region as of 1October has been reduced (compared to same period of the last year) by 7.2%.
"This statistic obviously is the result of outbreaks of African swine fever, said representatives of Rosselkhoznadzor. “Moreover, the greatest decrease was observed at individual households (13.4%) and on the private farms (18.5%). It is predicted that if this negative trend of livestock reduction continues, then the retail prices for meat and meat products will experience a strong pressure because the regional market could face a deficit of pork.”
It is also predicted that by the end of the year the total number of pigs in the Krasnodar region could be reduced by 13% compared with the numbers for the same period of last year.
(By Vladislav Vorotnikov)