African swine fever hit 3,508 communes in 52 provinces and cities nationwide by June 3, according to a report from the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
It led to the culling of over 2.16 million pigs, it said.
There are 112 communes in 24 provinces and cities surpassing 30 days without having any new outbreaks.
In southern Bac Lieu province, the disease is likely to spread fast though it has been detected there four days ago.
The reason is local authorities have yet managed effectively the transport, purchase, and slaughter of pigs in affected areas.
By June 3 noon, six outbreaks were found in Chau Thoi, Chau Hung A and Long Thanh communes, in Vinh Loi district, and 387 pigs were culled.
Meanwhile, in central Nghe An province, the disease struck 272 breeding households in 66 communes and 1,598 pigs were culled.
In the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum, efforts are being made to stamp out the disease since it has been detected in the bordering district of Ia H’Drai in late May.
Ia H’Drai district was asked to intensify the monitoring of slaughtering activities in areas with infected pigs as well as the purchase and transport of animals and animal products in and out the locality.
Some 72 infected pigs in the district were killed.
PM requests stepping up fight against African swine fever
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has sent a notice to ministries, agencies and authorities of centrally-run cities and provinces urging them to fight the spread of African swine fever.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the disease has been reported in more than 3,000 communes, wards and townships in 52 cities and provinces, resulting in more than 2 million pigs being culled.
A total previously-infected 112 communes in 24 provinces and cities have made it 30 days without any new outbreaks.
The PM told the officials to continue following the Secretariat’s Directive No.34-CT/TW dated May 20, 2019 and the PM’s Directive No.04/CT-TTg dated February 20, 2019 and other documents, including promptly discovering and culling sick pigs, strictly dealing with cases that seek profit from incentive policy for pig culling, strengthening vet system at all levels, control the transportation and slaughter of pigs in line with regulations.
He asked them to raise farmers’ awareness of hygiene solutions and accelerate the restructuring of animal husbandry sector to make up for the shortage of pork.
Ministries, agencies and members of the National Steering Committee on the prevention and control of African swine fever were told to arrange trips to localities to inspect the efforts.
Vietnam has destroyed over 1.2 million pigs while the African swine fever is still spreading according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Vietnam is seeking solutions to prevent pork supply shortage in the coming time as African swine fever continues to spread.