A surge in African swine fever infections in China is set to reduce hog output later this year, farm managers and analysts said this week, pushing up prices in the world’s top pork consumer as demand recovers.
Brazilian pork exporters are facing a tight situation following the fall in shipments to China, which seems to have recovered the hog herd faster than expected, following the outbreak of African Swine Fever, ASF, a couple of years ago.
Brazil and Argentina are leading the combat against African Swine Fever, ASF, in the continent. Last week Tereza Cristina, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, announced the allocation of US$ 500,000 to fight the disease in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, countries where a repeat of outbreaks have been reported.
Brazil said that it is closely monitoring the outbreak of African Swine Fever, ASF, in the Dominican Republic and is taking the necessary measures, including an alert on the control of imports, international agriculture surveillance, and animal health services.
Alert in the Americas after the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed African swine fever (ASF) in samples collected from pigs in the Dominican Republic. ASF has forced China to cull millions of pigs since there is no vaccine to prevent the disease which is also highly contagious.
Bloomberg news agency reports that China, the world's largest producer and consumer of pork in the world, has set a long-term goal to ensure that domestic supply is sufficient to meet 95% of demand.
One more case of African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in a wild boar in the eastern German state of Brandenburg over the weekend, Germany’s agriculture ministry said.
The cost of China's much-loved pork rib dishes is soaring after Beijing suspended imports of pig meat from major supplier Germany, hurting restaurants still recovering from the coronavirus hit earlier this year.
Japan suspended imports of pork and live pigs from Germany after a case of African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed in a wild boar in eastern Germany, the agriculture ministry said.
A deadly pig disease may have just entered Germany, which, if confirmed, could spook international buyers and ravage exports from Europe's biggest hog-producing nation. A suspected case of African swine fever has been identified in the eastern state of Brandenburg, the Agriculture Ministry said late this week, referring to the virus that kills most infected pigs within 10 days but is not harmful to humans.