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Farmer accuses ANSVSA: it was known that the African swine fever was going to come’ but ‘nothing was done’

The farmer Dimitrie Musca of Arad, the owner of the Agroindustrial unit Curtici who has been working almost 5,000 ha and who has been raising about 35,000 swine accuses the leadership of the National Authority for Veterinary and Sanitary Safety (ANSVSA) did not do any anything to combat the swine fever although the swine fever virus appeared in Romania in July 2017, one year ago.

Less than one year ago, since the first focal area was discovered the African swine fever got to spread in  8 counties in the country, Satu-Mare, Bihor, Salaj, Galati, Ialomita,Tulcea and Braila according to the representatives of ANSVSA.

ANSVSA  announced  that in collaboration with the Veterinary Administration of Denmark a study will be made which could analyse the way in which households got infested to find solutions for the prevention of the swine fever virus getting to healthy swine.

According to ANSVSA  the chairman of the institution Geronimo Branescu met Sten Mortensen ,  the manager of the Veterinary Administration from the ministry of environment and food from Denmark who managed the control and the eradication of the focal areas of diseases of animals which affected Denmark starting with 2002.

The European Commission is ready to support Romania and to supply any additional technical assistance necessary to combat the African swine fever, an EC spokesman said on Tuesday.

He stressed that the EC is following closely the development of the African swine fever in Romania, adding that exceptional measures are needed, such as consolidated surveillance and the allotment of adequate human resources, in order to ensure the management of the current outbreaks and to isolate the fever, digi24.ro informs.

The spokesman said that it all depends on the correct implementation of the EU legislation and the measures to fight the African swine fever.

The number of African swine fever outbreaks has reached 578 in 98 localities in 8 counties (Satu-Mare, Bihor, S?laj, Tulcea, Br?ila, Constan?a, Ialomi?a ?i Gala?i), according to ANSVSA officials. More than 78,000 pigs from industrial farms and households have been slaughtered so far, in order to fight the disease.

The agricultural crops that have been contaminated by swine fever virus will be burned or disinfected by landowners or land users to reduce the risk of spreading the disease, the Agriculture Minister Petre Daea decided in an order, agrointel.ro reports.

According to the order, in the areas affected by the disease, the surfaces will be checked before harvesting and the areas affected by the wild boars will be isolated by ploughed strips and the plants neutralized. It is forbidden to harvest plants or transport them to other areas. Disinfecting agricultural machinery, combines, tractors or equipment is binding.

Failure to comply with the provisions of the order by landowners or land users shall be sanctioned in accordance with the legal provisions, the order reads.

The normative act was issued at the end of last week and reported earlier this week to the agricultural directorates.