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hina will intensify efforts to make its hog farming sector safer and ensure stable supplies after the industry has
上海419been seriously affected by African swine fever outbreaks, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Thursday.
“We will place equal importance on disease prevention and control and on pork output to st
abilize hog production and try to guarantee market supplies,” Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Af上海419
fairs Yu Kangzhen said at a news conference organized by the State Council Information Office.上海419
Yu was elaborating on a guideline released by the State Council on Wednesday regarding intensifying prevention and control of African swine fever.
Outbreaks of the fever have been effectively contained in China in recent months following strict controls and prevent
上海419品茶微信ion efforts taken since early August after the first domestic outbreak of the disease was reported. But the co
untry still faces severe challenges in the disease’s prevention and control, and sustained efforts are needed, he said.
Yang Zhenhai, chief of the ministry’s Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine Bureau, said monit上海419
oring has shown the number of live hogs in China fell by nearly 23 percent year-on-year in May due to the outbreaks.
The ministry will work with related authorities to urge local governments to implement policies and m上海419品茶微信
easures designed to support hog raising, including offering preferable loans to hog farmers and cash subsidies to those wh
上海419ose animals were slaughtered due to swine fever prevention and control measures, he said.
The authorities will encourage hog farmers to replenish stock and organize technicians to hel
p them solve problems in hog raising. Meanwhile, the ministry will guide local authorities to help hog fa上海419品茶微信
rms improve waste treatment facilities, and prevent them上海419
The ministry will also support cross-regional transport of pork to replace transport of live pigs－which is still co
mmon practice in many places－to reduce the chance of the spread of disease, Yang said.上海419品茶微信
As of Wednesday, Yu said, 143 swine fever outbreaks had been reported in China, 44 of them this year. To prevent it spre
ading, nearly 1.2 million hogs were slaughtered. Quarantine measures have been lifted in 25 provincial areas, he added.
“In general, the frequency of swine fever outbreaks has noticeably decreased, and hog p
roduction, transport and distribution are gradually being restored,” Yu said.