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Cambodia provinces bordering Vietnam told to halt import of pigs amid ASF fears

Christian Fernsby |
Cambodia Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has requested that provinces bordering Vietnam stop the illegal importation of pigs and pork after receiving information that African swine fever (ASF) has broken out across the border.

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In a letter dated on May 19 and sent to the Prey Veng provincial governor, Minister of Agriculture Veng Sakhon said that currently ASF is continuing to spread in Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia.

The disease was first detected in Vietnam on February 19, 2019 and has continued to persist each year since then.

On May 4, 2021 another outbreak was detected and it could quickly spread to the border provinces there, according to the ministry.

“In order to contain the spread of this disease and prevent it from entering into Cambodia so as to prevent serious losses for pig raisers as well as guarantee the quality and safety of pigs, pig meat, meat production and protect the public’s health, the Ministry of Agriculture has requested that provincial administrations bordering Vietnam help stop the illegal importation of pigs,” Veng Sakhon said.

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